Hurricane Checklist

Before The Hurricane Season

Update your insurance information with any additional information.

Locate your disaster supply kit and make a note if additional supplies are needed in case of a named storm. Make sure supplies work as needed, as with flashlights.

Before a Hurricane

Print all insurance policies and contact information in case a claim needs to be submitted after the storm. Put these in a waterproof container or plastic bag. Also take photos of your policies and contact information, and/or send a copy of the paperwork to a friend or family member.    

Put together an evacuation plan for your family about where to go and who to contact in case of a natural disaster. Review evacuation plan with family members regularly.

If you do go to a shelter or away from YOUR home, let a friend or family member that is out of state know where you are and how to contact you.

Locate or build a disaster supply kit with enough non-perishable food, water, medications, flashlights, batteries, first-aid supplies, pet supplies, and cash to last at least a week. Make sure supplies work as intended, as in flashlights.

Locate or buy plywood or aluminum panels to board up windows and doors to protect against high winds and flying debris.

Fill up your car with a full tank of gas.

Create (or update) a home inventory in case of damage during catastrophic weather events, including photos or video.

Make sure all electronics are fully charged in case of power outages, including phones, laptops, and tables.

Park your vehicle on higher ground, preferably in a garage or parking shelter.

Plug into the community emergency alert systems that send out storm warnings and safety information for your area.

Remove any dead or vulnerable trees from your property; bring in outside furniture or loose items that could easily be picked up by a storm. 

During A Hurricane 

Stay indoors, either in your home or your designated shelter.

Stay away from windows during the storm.

DO NOT make repairs to your home or car unless it is life threatening and you can make these repairs safely.

DO NOT go outside during the “eye” of the storm. Although the weather looks like the storm is done, the other have of the storm will hit your area and your area may have loose debris.

If you lose power, do not open and close refrigerator frequently (this will help keep food chilled or frozen). 

After A Hurricane 

Do not leave your location until authorities announce it is safe.

Do not drive or walk through flooded areas.

Do not drink or use tap water until you know it has not been contaminated.

Immediately photograph any damage to your property.

Restock disaster supplies kit.

Sources: State Of and National Hurricane Center