Preparing for a Storm

Before the Hurricane Season
  • Learn what safe routes are located inland.
  • Learn location of official shelters.
  • Obtain and store materials such as plywood that may be necessary to properly secure your home.
  • Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.
  • Keep trees and shrubbery trimmed.
  • Review your insurance policy.
  • Prepare or restock a hurricane kit.
Individuals With Special Needs
Individuals with special needs or others requiring more information should contact their local National Weather Service office, emergency management office, or American Red Cross chapter. They should also register with the Emergency Managers to insure that assistance will be available. For more information, visit the Special Needs Hurricane Assistance page.

During the Storm
Watch Area Advisories
  • Frequently listen to radio, TV, or NOAA Weather Radio for official bulletins of the storm's progress.
  • Fuel and service family vehicles.
  • Inspect and secure mobile home tie downs.
  • Prepare to cover all window and door openings with shutters or other shielding materials.
  • Check batteries and stock up on canned food, first aid supplies, drinking water, and medications.
  • Prepare to bring inside lawn furniture and other loose, light-weight objects, such as garbage cans and garden tools.
  • Have on hand an extra supply of cash.
Make Evacuations Plans
Make evacuation plans if you:
  • Live in a mobile home as they are unsafe in high winds no matter how well fastened to the ground
  • Live in an area near the bayou that is susceptible to tidal flooding
Warning Area Advisories
  • Closely monitor radio, TV, or NOAA Weather Radio for official bulletins.
  • Complete preparation activities, such as putting up storm shutters, storing loose objects, etc.
  • Follow instructions issued by local officials. Leave immediately if told to do so!
  • If evacuating, leave early and if possible leave during daylight. Stay with friends or relatives, at a low-rise inland hotel or motel, or go to a pre-designated public shelter outside a flood zone.
  • Notify neighbors and a family member outside of the warned area of your evacuation plans.
  • Put food and water out for a pet if you cannot take it with you. Public health regulations do not allow pets in public shelters, nor do most hotels or motels allow them.
Shelter Information
If you are told to leave, do so immediately. If you are headed to a shelter, bring the following recommended items:
  • Baby food and diapers
  • Battery-powered radio
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Cards
  • Cash
  • Extra batteries
  • First-aid kit
  • Flashlight (1 per person)
  • Games and books
  • Identification
  • Medicine
  • Toiletries
  • Valuable papers such as insurance