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!
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