Preparing for a Hurricane or Tropical Storm

Preparing for a Hurricane or Tropical Storm

You can’t stop a tropical storm or hurricane, but you can take steps now to protect yourself and your family.

  • Get emergency supplies: Stock your home and your car with supplies. Give yourself more time than usual to prepare your emergency food, water, and medical supplies.
  • Make a plan: Create a family disaster plan.
  • Prepare to Evacuate: Never ignore an evacuation order. Pay attention to local guidance about updated plans for evacuations and shelters.
  • Protect older adults: Understand older adult health and medical concerns.
  • Protect your pets: Ensure your pet’s safety before, during, and after a hurricane.
  • Print important documents (emergency phone numbers, insurance information) before a hurricane strikes. Power outages during and after a hurricane can prevent you from accessing information online when you most need it.