Proper preparation will help you weather any storm.
If a storm is approaching your area, take these steps to ensure your family's safety and minimize any damage to your home and possessions.
- Remain calm and gather all supplies on our storm kit checklist, including adequate medical/prescription supplies.
- Establish a “safe room” in a windowless interior room. Keep your storm kit there.
- Before lowering a TV antenna or satellite dish, make sure to turn off and unplug the TV, and avoid power lines.
- Turn off all swimming pool pumps and filters, and wrap them in waterproof materials.
- Turn your refrigerator and freezer to their coldest settings ahead of time to keep food fresh longer in the event of a power outage.
- Turn off and unplug any unnecessary or sensitive electrical equipment.
- Use surge protectors.
- Consider using a UPS (uninterruptible power supply).
- Charge the battery for your cell phone and laptop computers.
- Make sure that your home is secure, shuttered, and able to withstand a hurricane.
Storm Prep for Seniors
If you plan staying home during a storm, be sure to follow the steps above and ask a neighbor for help if necessary. If you plan to stay with family or friends during a hurricane, take these precautions:
- Remain calm. Call them in advance. Make sure they will be ready for you.
- Have a backup plan in case they are out of town.
- Have your emergency checklist completed outlining your needs.
- Bring your own food, water, medicine supply, and important papers with you.
- If you have a loved one with dementia, ask to have a room just for you and your loved one. Ask your hosts to take the same safety precautions you have in your home (e.g., hide sharp objects and poisons, limit access to exits, cover mirrors).
- Notify your friends/family/neighbors of your evacuation plans.