How to Prepare for a Hurricane

Hurricane Checklist

Planning and preparing can make a big difference for your safety during hurricane. Hurricanes bring high winds, heavy rainfall, storm surge, coastal flooding, inland flooding, and even tornados.

How to Prepare for a Hurricane - Hurricane Checklist

75 million people in the United States live in the path of hurricanes. The heavy winds and storm surge of a major hurricane can cause destroy homes, close roads, cause sustained power outages, and disrupt access to clean water. The effects from a major hurricane can extend from the coast to several hundred miles inland.

Don’t wait until a hurricane watch is issued in your area, it may already be too late to prepare and take certain precautions.

How to Prepare for a Hurricane

Use this hurricane checklist as a starting point, add items we’ve overlooked, and cross off items that do not apply to you.

Prepare & Stay Informed
  • Listen to weather alerts for up-to-date information from the National Weather Service
  • If your area is told to evacuate, evacuate
  • Fill your gas tank as early as possible
Food & Water
  • Drinking water: 1 gallon per person per day
  • Water for cooking and hygiene: 1 gallon per person per day
Non-perishable food for at least 7 days
  • Canned meats, soup
  • Packaged fruits and vegetables
  • Canned or boxed juice & drinks
  • Bread, crackers, cereal
  • Special food for babies and the elderly
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Granola bars, Trail mix
Emergency Essentials
  • Two week supply of prescription drugs
  • Two week supply of vitamins
  • Over the counter pain reliever
  • Toiletries and hygiene items
  • First Aid Kit
  • Sunscreen
  • Mosquito repellant
  • Plastic garbage bags
  • Antibacterial soap
Household Items
  • Cooler for ice and food storage
  • Flashlights with extra batteries
  • Car charger for cell phones
  • Grill with extra propane or charcoal
  • Waterproof matches
  • Paper plates, utensils, bowls and cups
  • Napkins, paper towels and toilet paper
  • Outdoor extension cords
  • Multi-purpose tool, scissors, knife
  • Bring in all outdoor furniture, garbage cans and anything else that is not tied down.
Personal Items
  • Collect and safeguard critical financial, medical, educational, and legal documents.
  • Secure any items that are irreplaceable or may provide comfort to your family, especially your children.
  • Extra cash
Pet safety tips
  • Make sure that cats and dogs have collars and identification tags
  • Put your cellphone number on your pet’s tag
  • Find a safe place to stay
  • Never assume you will be allowed to bring your pet to an emergency shelter
  • Bring your pet with you if you evacuate
  • Food and water for each pet for at least five days
Staying Safe During a Storm
  • Follow local news for the latest updates.
  • For protection from high winds, stay away from windows and seek shelter on the lowest level in an interior room.
  • Move to higher ground if there is flooding or a flood warning.
  • Call 9-1-1 if you are in life threatening danger.
What to Do After Hurricane Passes
  • Follow local news for the latest updates.
  • Return home only when officials say it is safe.
  • Avoid roads that are flooded.
  • Report dangling power lines immediately to the power company.
  • Stay clear of buildings that has water around it.
  • Inspect your home for damage. Take pictures for insurance purposes.
  • Avoid drinking or preparing food with tap water until you are sure it’s safe.