HOW TO PREPARE FOR A HURRICANE
Prior to hurricane season:
Prepare an inventory of your possessions. This can be written, video tapes or photographed. Store these documents away from your home so they will not become damaged in the event of a catastrophic situation. Review your homeowner's insurance policy to ensure that your limit is adequate to rebuild your entire home.
Stockpile emergency supplies. This should minimally include: one gallon of water per person per day, canned goods, non-perishable foods, manual can opener, candles, batteries; and flashlights, portable radio, prescription medicines, matches in a waterproof container, first aid kit, and sanitation items (moist towelettes, toilet paper, and paper towels). Don't forget formula, diapers, etc. for small children and food and water for pets. Have enough supplies to last your family a minimum of three days; preferably five.
Have dead tree branches trimmed, particularly if they extend over your house.
Continually monitor progress reports from the National Weather Bureau and local officials. If you have hurricane shutters, put them in place, or board up with plywood. Place all outdoor furniture inside or submerge in the swimming pool. Items that cannot be brought inside will need to be anchored. Gather all important documents; i.e., birth certificates, insurance policies, etc. Make sure you have cash on hand, remember during a power outage ATM's will not operate. Make sure you have full tanks of gas in your vehicles.
Determine whether you will: Go to a designated shelter; go to a safer place inland; or ride out the storm (only if your local authorities permit you to do so).
If you leave your home:
Make sure your relatives know where you will be. Plan an escape route. Establish an emergency meeting place in the event your family becomes separated.
Shut off utilities
If you stay home, stay indoors and away from windows and glass doors.