Before It Hits
• Coastal residents should form evacuation plans before a warning is issued to identify a safe shelter and a route to get there.
• Prepare for a hurricane by stocking up on emergency supplies including food, water, protective clothing, medications, batteries, flashlights, important documents, road maps, and a full tank of gasoline.
During the Storm
• As a storm unfolds, evacuees should listen to local authorities on radio or television. Evacuation routes often close as a storm develops. Dedicated professionals and improved technology have made hurricane forecasting more accurate than ever before—but it’s far from precise.
• If forced to weather a storm, get inside the most secure building possible and stay away from windows.
• Remember that a lull often signifies the storm’s eye—not its end. Anyone riding out a hurricane should wait for authorities to announce that the danger has passed.