A hurricane watch is issued when there is a threat of hurricane conditions within 24-36 hours. A hurricane warning is issued when hurricane conditions (winds of 74 miles per hour or greater, or dangerously high water and rough seas) are expected in 24 hours or less.
» Listen to the radio or television for hurricane progress reports.
» Check emergency supplies.
» Fuel car » Bring in outdoor objects such as lawn furniture, toys, and garden tools and anchor objects that cannot be brought inside.
» Secure buildings by closing and boarding up windows.
» Remove outside antennas and satellite dishes.
» Turn refrigerator and freezer to coldest settings. Open only when absolutely necessary and close quickly.
» Store drinking water in clean jugs, bottles, and cooking utensils.
» If you need to evacuate your home, lock up home and go to the nearest shelter.
» Take blankets and sleeping bags to shelter.
» Listen constantly to a radio or television for official instructions.
» Store valuables and personal papers in a waterproof container on the highest level of your home.
» Stay inside, away from windows, skylights, and glass doors.
» Keep a supply of flashlights and extra batteries handy. Avoid open flames, such as candles and kerosene lamps, as a source of light.
» If power is lost, turn off major appliances to reduce power "surge" when electricity is restored.
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