Hurricane Season

The Atlantic hurricane season is June to November, with the peak season from spanning from mid-August to late October.  Begin preparing before Hurricane Season begins by determining your personal hurricane risk, identifying if you live in a hurricane evacuation zone, and reviewing current insurance policies.  Also, sign up for local alerts and warnings.

Hurricane Watch vs Hurricane Warning:

A Hurricane WATCH is when hurricane force winds are POSSIBLE.
A Hurricane WARNING is when they are EXPECTED.
Know the difference and stay Weather-Ready! 

Hurricane Categories

Strengthen your home before hurricane season:

  • Trim trees
  • Secure loose outdoor items
  • Make any necessary home, garage, and roof repairs

Complete a written plan:

  • Write and review a family emergency plan including where to meet and contact each other during an emergency
  • Have a contact list including family, friends, doctor, vet, utilities and have at least one contact outside of the anticipated impact area
  • Keep important documents together for quick access
  • Share your plan with others
  • Practice the plan with your family and friends to help avoid mistakes during an emergency

Prepare for the storm:

  • Put together a basic emergency kit including water, food, first aid kit, cell phone with chargers and battery backup, radio
  • Prepare a bag containing clothing, toiletries, and other necessary items 
  • Check to make sure flashlights and other emergency equipment are working
  • Charge all phone and communications devices
  • Unplug all electronics and move them as high as possible
  • If recommended by utilities or emergency offices, turn off breakers to avoid power surges

Weather the storm:

  • Stay indoors during hurricanes and away from windows and glass
  • Never operate a portable generator inside your home
  • Never connect a generator directly into your homes wiring unless a transfer switch has been installed
  • Always use GFCIs in areas where water and electricity may come in contact

Recover from the storm:

  • Do not use electrical equipment and electronics, including receptacles, that have been submerged in water
  • Have a qualified electrician inspect any water damaged electrical equipment and electronics
  • Stay away from downed power lines. If you encounter a downed power line, stay at least 35 feet away and do not touch the line or anything that may be in contact with the line