Hurricane season has begun. If you live in an area susceptible to hurricanes, the time to prepare for a hurricane disaster is before it hits. As with any severe weather, be sure to watch and follow the weather reports, especially those of the National Weather Service, and follow the suggested precautions below.
Review disaster plans with your family
It is important that you review disaster plans with your family in the event you are not all in the same place at the time of the hurricane. Once alerted by emergency officials, your family must understand that they have to act on those plans too. Preparation and action are two criticial keys to weather safety.
Download the Tropical Cyclone Preparedness Guide to learn more about hurricanes and hurricane preparedness and as a reference to share with your family.
Find out if your home is located in a hurricane evacuation zone, then read the definitions below to understand the difference between a hurricane watch and a hurricane warning.
A Hurricane Watch is issued when hurricane conditions are a real possibility for the area within 24-36 hours. What you should do:
Residents in low-lying areas should also:
A Hurricane Warning is issued when a hurricane is expected within 24 hours. Begin precautionary action at once. What you should do:
If you live in a low-lying coastal area, you may be directed to evacuate. If so, comply immediately.