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Hurricane Season is Here

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