From the National Weather Service
Remember a hurricane watch means that the area may
experience hurricane or Tropical storm conditions, usually within 36 hours. When a
hurricane watch is issued for your area...
- Monitor storm reports on radio, television, and
NOAA weather radio.
- If considering moving to a shelter. Make arrangements for
all pets. Pets are not allowed in all shelters.
- Do not drain swimming pools.
- Refill needed prescriptions.
- If evacuation has not already been recommended...consider
leaving the area early to avoid long hours on limited evacuation routes.
- Check the following supplies...
- Portable radio with fresh batteries. Radio will be one of
your most useful sources of information. Have enough batteries to last two weeks.
- Flashlights or battery-powered lamps. Avoid using candles or
gasoline-powered lanterns indoors.
- Full tank of gasoline for your automobile. Never let your
vehicle gas tank be less than half full during hurricane threats. Fill up as soon as a
hurricane or tropical storm watch is posted. Remember, when there is no electricity gas
pumps will not work.
- Adequate cash. The ATM will not operate without electricity.
- Canned goods and non perishable foods and a manual can
- Store packaged foods which can be prepared without cooking
and need no refrigeration. Fill gas grill.
- Containers for drinking water. Have clean...air tight
containers to store sufficient drinking water for two weeks.
- Materials for protecting or reinforcing openings. Have
shutters or lumber for protecting windows and doors. Have a cap for your roof turbine.
- Materials for emergency repairs. Your insurance
policy may cover the cost of materials used in temporary repairs...so keep all receipts.
These will also be helpful for any income tax deductions.