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Hurricane Awareness Timeline

In preparation for the hurricane season, the following directives are suggested for the general public in anticipation of a hurricane making landfall.

Make sure you and your family are prepared for hurricane season this year.

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72 Hours Prior to Impact

  • Listen to the radio or television for current news/weather updates.
  • Make plans to secure your living quarters (i.e. purchase and install storm shutters or plywood for windows).
  • Make plans to secure/store any recreational equipment (i.e. boats, RVs, four-wheelers, etc.).
  • Inspect your emergency preparedness kit to make sure all of your items are current. For information on the 10 essential items you need in your kit, visit Get 10.
  • Plan how you will care for your pets if needed in case of evacuation.
  • Create an evacuation plan with family members detailing a meeting location and how to contact one another in case of separation.
  • Discuss plans for safety if unable to evacuate (i.e. designate a safe place inside the home to reside in).

48 Hours Prior to Impact

  • Listen to the radio or television for current news/weather updates.
  • Secure your home, close storm shutters, and secure or bring in any outdoor objects (i.e. plants, lawn equipment, furnishings, etc.).
  • Keep vehicles fueled in case of evacuation.

24 Hours Prior to Impact

  • Listen to local news/radio updates via battery-operated weather radio.
  • Fill bathtubs and large containers with water to ensure you have an abundant supply of clean water available for drinking, bathing, flushing toilets, etc.
  • Turn off all utilities if directed by authorities.
  • Turn the refrigerator and/or freezer to its highest setting and leave the doors closed and secured.
  • Ensure essential items are available.
  • Move to the lowest level of the structure or to an interior room.
  • If possible have a second cell phone battery available and fully charged.

Post Landfall

  • Ensure your safety and follow your evacuation plan to locate separated family members, or use the National Emergency Family Registry and Locator System (NEFRLS) or the American Red Cross.
  • Secure food and water.
  • Find a place to stay.
  • Return home safely once advised to do so, and while traveling be watchful of any downed power lines, standing water, weak structures, and displaced pets and wildlife.
  • Before entering your home, check outside for any downed power lines, gas leaks, and structural damage.
  • When entering your home, be careful of shifted furniture/appliances, roof or foundation damage, broken or frayed wires, and any standing water that could contain raw sewage.
  • When opening doors or cabinets, be careful of any items that can fall.
  • During cleanup, throw away any contaminated food or clothing and disinfect/clean any items that can be salvaged.


  • Evacuate when directed by local authorities, or if living in a mobile home, on a flood plain, in a high-rise building, or near an inland waterway.
  • If evacuated, follow all directives by your local authorities.
  • Initiate your evacuation contact list.
  • Bring your emergency preparedness kit.
  • Have cash on hand for food and other essential needs.

If Unable to Evacuate

  • Secure and brace all exterior windows and doors.
  • Ensure your emergency preparedness kit is easily accessible.
  • Initiate an alternate form of communication - use telephones only in case of emergencies.

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Page last updated: March 14, 2023