Before a Storm
Protect yourself and prevent property damage by preparing for storms in advance and responding properly to dangerous conditions.
Be aware and prepare
- Charge your cell phone, laptop, and other devices.
- Turn the refrigerator and freezer to their coldest settings. This will keep food fresh longer in the event of a power outage.
- If you or a loved one depends on an electrically operated life-sustaining medical device, make sure that you notify us. Please review Life Sustaining Equipment.
- Ensure your home is secure. Check that it’s secure, shuttered, and able to withstand a hurricane. Find out more: Hurricane Tips.
- Find more guidance on how to prepare and address power outages in our brochure, How to Prepare for and Respond to Power Outages (pdf).
- Turn off and unplug unnecessary or sensitive electrical equipment.
- Use surge protectors.
- Unplug TVs before lowering a TV antenna or satellite dish. Be sure to also avoid power lines.
- Turn off all swimming pool pumps and filters. Wrap them in waterproof materials.
Assemble an Emergency Kit.
Gather all the supplies on our Storm Kit Checklist.
Establish a “safe room.” Ideally choose a windowless interior room. Keep your storm kit there.
Use a Generator?
If you have or are considering buying a generator, please review our recommendations to ensure you operate yours safely.