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Hurricanes primarily occur on the east and gulf coasts from the late spring through autumn. Hurricane warnings are usually posted no less than 24 hours before a storm makes landfall. If you live or own a business in a hurricane prone area, follow these quick tips:
  • Have an evacuation plan
  • Familiarize yourself and your family with local and regional coastal evacuation routes
  • Select an evacuation location
  • Board up windows
  • Bring outdoor plants and furniture indoors
  • Trim tree branches that overhang your home or business
  • Install special roof clips to fasten your roof to exterior walls
  • Clear gutters and downspouts
  • Follow the evacuation orders of local authorities

During a hurricane: Shelter in an interior room away from windows and doors, even if they are boarded. If you are in a high-rise building, seek shelter below the 10th floor

  • Listen to the TV or radio for instructions
  • Stay indoors
  • Do not travel during the storm
  • Be mindful that a temporary decrease in wind may only mean the eye of the storm is passing – do not venture outside
  • Stay out of elevators

After a hurricane passes:

  • Inspect your home or business for damage
  • Avoid downed power and utility lines
  • If you live on or near a river be aware that flooding can occur up to 24 hours after the wind stops
  • Do not wade into standing water
  • Test tap water before using it for cooking or drinking

Additional Resources

For more information on how to plan for other natural disasters, visit

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