"Preventing the loss of life and minimizing the damage to property from hurricanes are responsibilities that are shared by all." - National Hurricane Center
This hurricane preparedness information has been provided regarding actions that you can take based on specific hurricane hazards. Being informed and prepared is the most important thing that you can do to prepare for a hurricane. Disaster prevention includes both being prepared and reducing damages.
Hurricane Preparedness means:
In the event of an impending hurricane, one of the most important decisions you will make is "Should I Evacuate?"
If you are asked to evacuate by emergency managers, you should do so without delay. It is unlikely that emergency managers will ask you to evacuate unless you live in a low-lying or coastal area, an area that floods frequently, or in manufactured housing. It is very important to have a plan in place for you and your family that makes you as safe as possible in your home in the event of a hurricane.
There are local web sites that can give you information about your communities' vulnerability to specific hazards. These include hurricanes as well as other weather related hazards. Local news channels and newspaper websites usually have detailed geo-specific information available and are a good place to start.
Hurricane Preparedness includes:
The suggestions provided here are only guides. You should use common sense in your disaster prevention / hurricane preparedness.