Preparing for a Hurricane
Hurricane watches and warnings are issued by the National Hurricane
Center when a hurricane gets close to land. A hurricane watch
means that a hurricane is possible within 36 hours in a given
A hurricane warning means that a hurricane is expected within
24 hours in a given area. Make sure you monitor the weather
when a storm is nearby (a battery-powered radio is very useful,
since power outages are common in a storm).
Make sure that your family has both a disaster plan, including
an evacuation plan (a way to leave a dangerous hurricane-prone
area), a disaster supply kit (containing medical supplies, lots
of water, food, flashlights, a battery-powered radio and batteries)
and a way to protect your home (putting shutters or plywood
on large windows, pruning nearby trees, putting loose yard equipment
inside, like lawn chairs and barbeques, etc.).
If a very bad storm looks as though it is approaching a low-lying
area, officials will tell residents to evacuate to a shelter
(this is to avoid possible flooding caused by storm surges).