How should I prepare for a hurricane evacuation?

Expect the need to evacuate and prepare for it. The National Weather Service will issue a hurricane watch when there is a threat to coastal areas of hurricane conditions within 24-36 hours.

When a hurricane watch is issued, you should:
  • Fill your automobile's gas tank.
  • If no vehicle is available, make arrangements with friends or family for transportation.
  • Fill your clean water containers. 
  • Review your emergency plans and supplies, checking to see if any items are missing. 
  • Tune in the radio or television for weather updates. 
  • Listen for disaster sirens and warning signals. 
  • Prepare an emergency kit for your car with food, flares, booster cables, maps, tools, a first aid kit, fire extinguisher, sleeping bags, etc. 
  • Secure any items outside which may damage property in a storm, such as bicycles, grills, propane tanks, etc. 
  • Cover windows and doors with plywood or boards or place large strips of masking tape or adhesive tape on the windows to reduce the risk of breakage and flying glass. 
  • Put livestock and family pets in a safe area. Due to food and sanitation requirements, emergency shelters cannot accept animals. 
  • Place vehicles under cover, if at all possible. 
  • Fill sinks and bathtubs with water as an extra supply for washing. 
  • Adjust the thermostat on refrigerators and freezers to the coolest possible temperature.
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