What Should I Do If There Is A Hurricane?

The best way to protect yourself and your family from the effects of a hurricane is to be prepared.

Before the Storm:

  • Plan and practice evacuation routes. Your community may have a designated route, contact the local emergency management agency for details.
  • Assemble a disaster supply kit (see below, or click on Family Preparedness Guide in 'Links to Related websites').
  • Protect your windows.
  • Develop an emergency communication plan. If family members get separated during a disaster it is helpful to have a friend or relative, outside the impacted area, who can be contacted and told everyone is ok.

During a Watch:

  • Listen to radio WBZ 1030 am radio and television for hurricane reports.
  • Check emergency supplies.
  • Fuel car.
  • Bring in objects such as toys or patio furniture. Anchor objects that cannot be brought inside.
  • Secure windows with shutters, boards or tape.
  • Store drinking water in clean bathtubs, jugs, bottles, etc.
  • Review evacuation plan.

During a Warning:

  • Listen constantly to radio or television for updates and instructions.
  • If in a mobile home, evacuate immediately.
  • Store valuables in waterproof containers on high levels to avoid water damage from flooding.
  • Elevate furniture to protect it from water damage.
  • Stay inside, away from windows, skylights and glass doors.
  • Bring pre-assembled emergency supply kit and warm protective clothing.
  • Lock up home and leave.

After the Storm:

  • Stay tuned to local radio and television stations for information on returning to your home.
  • Help injured or trapped people.
  • Avoid loose or dangling power lines. Report them immediately to utility companies police or fire departments.
  • Beware of animals, insects and snakes that may have entered your home.
  • Open windows and doors to ventilate and dry your home.
  • Check refrigerated foods for spoilage.
  • Take pictures of the house and damaged goods for insurance claims.
  • Drive only if necessary, rescue and maintenance crews need to be able to travel freely.
  • Use the telephone only for emergency calls.

Disaster Kit

  • Foods (canned goods and nonperishable foods) that do not need cooking.
  • Utensils, such as, a manual can opener, disposable plates, cups, forks, knives, spoons, etc.
  • Drinking water in non-breakable containers (1 gallon per person/day).
  • Special dietary food if required.
  • Identification, valuable papers, policies and photographs in a waterproof container.
  • Personal hygiene items, such as soap, deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush, washcloth, towels, sanitary items.
  • First aid kit
  • Medications, prescriptions and over the counter, such as aspirin and antacid.
  • Specific medical information.
  • Personal aids, such as, eyeglasses, hearing aids, canes, etc.
  • Infant care items, such as diapers, and formula.
  • Books, magazines, toys.
  • Battery-operated radio.
  • Flashlight.
  • Extra batteries.
  • Matches.
  • Portable outdoor camping stove or grill with fuel supply.
  • Sleeping bag or blanket, sheet and pillow.
  • Change of clothing.
  • Rainwear.
  • Toolkit.
  • Container for your disaster supply kit; should be waterproof.