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Hurricane Readiness



A hurricane is a tropical cyclone, which generally forms in the tropics and is accompanied by thunderstorms and a counterclockwise circulation of winds. Tropical cyclones are classified as follows:


An organized system of clouds and thunderstorms with a defined surface circulation and maximum sustained winds of 38 mph or less


An organized system of strong thunderstorms with a defined surface circulation and maximum sustained winds of 39-73 mph


An intense tropical weather system of strong thunderstorms with a well-defined surface circulation and maximum sustained winds of 74 mph or higher


  • Water – at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days
  • Food – at least enough for 3 to 7 days for each person
  1. non-perishable packaged or canned food/juices/ snack foods
  2. foods for infants or the elderly
  3. non-electric can opener
  4. cooking tools/fuel (propane, charcoal, kerosene)
  5. paper plates/plastic utensils
  6. Blankets/pillows, etc.
  • Clothing – seasonal / rain gear/ sturdy shoes
  • First aid kit /medicines/prescription drugs
  • Special Items – for babies and the elderly
  • Toiletries/hygiene items/moisture wipes
  • Flashlight / batteries / candles
  • Radio – battery operated (weather radio is recommended)
  • Cash – banks and ATMs may be closed
  • Walkie-talkies / hard line phone (powered by the phone line directly)
  • Keys – house / car / safe deposit box / storage facility / etc.
  • Toys, books, and games
  • Important documents – in a waterproof container
    1. insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security card, etc.
  • Tools – keep a set with you during the storm
  • Vehicle fuel tanks filled/fill extra tanks for generator use
  • Pet care items
  1. proper identification / immunization records / medications
  2. ample supply of food and water
  3. a carrier or cage
  4. muzzle and leash


  • Discuss the type of hazards that could affect your family. Know your home’s vulnerability to storm surge, flooding, and wind.
  • Locate a safe room or the safest area in your home for each hurricane hazard. In certain circumstances, the safest areas may not be your home but within your community.
  • Determine escape routes from your home and places to meet (rally points); including a child’s school, a neighbor’s home or other public places.
  • Have an out-of-state friend as a family contact, so all your family members have a single point of contact. Have at least 2 ways of contact; e-mail, phone, etc.
  • Make a plan now for what to do with your pets if you need to evacuate.
  • Post emergency telephone numbers by your phones and make sure your children know how and when to call 911.
  • Check your insurance coverage – flood and wind damage may not be covered by homeowners insurance.
  • Check your insurance limits of liability.
  • Stock non-perishable emergency supplies within your HURRICANE SUPPLY KIT.
  • Use a weather radio. Remember to stock replacement batteries.
  • Take First Aid, CPR and disaster preparedness classes.