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Hurricane Safety
When a Hurricane Watch is Announced
  • Prepare your emergency hurricane safety kit
  • Pack an evacuation kit of warm clothes, strong shoes, valuables, and important papers to go with your emergency kit
  • Put wooden or plastic outdoor furniture inside with other loose items
  • Pick up children from school if authorities instruct you to
  • Check on neighbors to make sure they are preparing too

When a Hurricane Warning is Issued

  • Park vehicles under sturdy shelter
  • Remain indoors with any pets

When the Hurricane Strikes

  • Listen to your battery radio for updates
  • Stay inside the strongest part of the building (cellars, bathrooms, hallways) and keep emergency kits with you
  • If the building starts to break up, protect yourself with mattresses, rugs, or blankets under a solid table or bench. Find a solid fixture to hang onto (water pipe)
  • If driving, park the vehicle away from trees, bodies of water, and power lines. Stay in the vehicle

Hurricane Safety Emergency Kit

Build an Emergency Kit An emergency hurricane safety kit will help you keep your family safe and healthy in the event of a disaster. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends having at least two-weeks’ worth of the following supplies:

  • Water, one gallon per person for both drinking and sanitation
  • Food, non-perishables (refer to Generac’s Hurricane Preparation Shopping List) and a manual can opener for food
  • First Aid kit
  • Moist towelettes, and garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
Other Supplies:
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio, and a NOAA weather radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Wrench and pliers to turn off utilities
  • Cell phone and portable charger

After the Hurricane

  • Listen to your radio for local warnings and announcements
  • Don’t go outside until the authorities announce the all-clear
  • Check for gas leaks
  • Do not use electrical appliances if wet
  • Beware of damaged power lines, buildings, trees and floodwaters

DO NOT enter floodwaters.
Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you over. A foot of moving water can move a car.

Hurricane Safety Tips for Pets

Make a Plan
Decide a plan of action and stick to it. If a hurricane is in your area, will you stay home, go to a relative’s house, or drop off your pet at a friend’s house? If you decide to stay home, keep your eyes and ears on the news for any evacuation notices. Pick an inner room in your house ahead of time to keep supplies and emergency kits.

 Emergency Kits for Pets

  • 3 days of food and water (can opener if needed)
  • 1 weeks' worth of medication
  • Pet carrier/ kennel
  • Extra leash
  • Photo of you and your pet together to prove ownership
  • Pet ID Tags, rabies vaccination tag, and collar
  • Medical records or vaccinations - you may need to show these to be let into a pet friendly shelter
  • Talk to your vet about getting a pet microchip.

Staying Home
If you are staying home, keep your pet on a leash or in a kennel at all times. They are protected in a kennel and a leash prevents them from getting separated from you.

Rescue Alert Sticker
A rescue alert sticker on your door can help rescue workers know if there are pets inside your home with you.
If you evacuate, be sure to cross out the sticker and write "EVACUATED" so the rescuers know you and your pets are safe.

Coming Home
Slowly re-introduce your pet to your home. A disheveled house may cause stress and debris may be harmful if your pet eats it.


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