September 11, 2023
Being hurricane ready is necessary as a Gulf Coast resident. While it’s essential to be prepared year-round for floods and extreme weather, it’s especially important now as hurricane season starts.
Ways to prepare now:
- Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio for critical information from the National Weather Service (NWS).
- Check your disaster supplies and replace or restock as needed.
- Close windows, doors, and hurricane shutters. If you do not have hurricane shutters, close and board up all windows and doors with plywood.
- Turn the refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting and keep them closed as much as possible so that food will last longer if the power goes out.
- Fill your car’s gas tank.
- Talk with members of your household and create an evacuation plan. Planning and practicing your evacuation plan minimizes confusion and fear during the event.
Important supplies you will need:
- Water—at least a 3-day supply; one gallon per person per day
- Food—at least a 3-day supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food
- Extra clothing, hat, rain gear, Emergency blanket and sturdy shoes
- Flashlight and Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAAWeather Radio, if possible)
- Insect repellent and sunscreen
- First aid kit