Bracing For A Hurricane
You will get some warning with a tropical storm or hurricane.
As the Storm Approaches
Listen for weather updates on local stations and on NOAA Weather Radio. Stay tuned to the latest information.
REMEMBER: Hurricanes can be unpredictable. There is always potential error in the forecast track from the National Hurricane Center. Don’t focus on the exact forecasted track, listen to local officials. (For more information go to www.noaa.gov or www.weather.gov, click on Tampa Bay area.)
Check your Disaster Supplies. Get any needed items.
Clean and fill bathtubs and sinks before a storm so you’ll have extra clean water.
Turn refrigerator and freezer dials to the coldest settings and avoid opening the doors to help keep perishable food in case of a power outage.
Refill prescriptions. Maintain at least a two-week supply of medication during hurricane season.
Clear your yard of lawn furniture, potted plants, bicycles, trash cans and other potential airborne missiles. Leave the swimming pool filled and super-chlorinated. Cover the filtration system.
Protect your windows and glass doors with plywood or storm shutters. Brace double entry and garage doors at the top and bottom.
If there is a chance flooding could threaten your home, move important items such as electronics, antiques and furniture off the floor.
Fill your car’s gas tank and check oil, water and tires. Gas pumps won’t operate without electricity.
Secure your boat early. Drawbridges will be closed to boat traffic after an evacuation order is issued.
Get cash. Banks and ATMs won’t work without electricity and few stores will be able to accept credit cards or personal checks.
Never sweep or blow yard leaves, pine needles, grass clippings or soil into the street or storm water system. This clogs up the stormwater pipes and prevents water from draining.
If you own a business, follow your Business Continuity Plan. For more information on how to create a Business Continuity Plan, go online to www.ready. gov