Planning Ahead

What to Do in the Case of a Weather Emergency

The safest place to be during a violent storm is underground. However, a small room in the middle of the house, such as a closet or a place under the stairs, is the best. The more walls between you and the outside, the better. If you live in a 2-story house, go to the 1st floor. Find a room without windows. If you must be in a room with a window, protect the window, or protect yourself from the window if it breaks.

Remember, stay in this area of refuge within your home when you hear a hurricane warning and arrival of the hurricane is eminent or when outside conditions worsen. Tornadoes form along the edges of hurricanes and may form at any time during severe weather. Don't be fooled by the eye of the storm. There will be a few moments of calm while the center of a storm passes overhead.

Residents, who live in a mobile home, even if it is new with tie downs, should seek safe shelter elsewhere. Go to a shelter, or better yet, contact a friend ahead of time and plan to stay with them in a time of emergency. View the Protecting Your Mobile Home page for more information.

Recommended Items to Have During a Disaster

Before the season hits, be sure to get an emergency kit together. The following list contains recommended items to have in case of a weather disaster:

  • 5 gallons of water per person, minimum
  • A 3-day supply of non-perishable food and a manual can opener
  • Emergency (camping) cooking equipment, lighter, and fuel
  • Heavy duty trash bags and bleach
  • Extra pet food and water (if applicable)
  • A fire extinguisher and a portable cooler
  • Flashlights with extra batteries and a radio
  • Important papers
  • Baby needs (if applicable)
  • Toiletries, medications, and special dietary needs
  • First-aid kit and insect repellent
  • Cash and a full tank of gas in the car
  • Tarps, rope, and duct tape for emergency repairs to the home
  • A list of important phone numbers