Hurricane Watch Checklist
When you hear that a hurricane watch has been posted for your area, it means that hurricane conditions pose a possible threat to your area within 36 hours.
Frequently monitor your local AM/FM radio stations, the TV weather reports covering your area, NOAA Weather Radio, and your local newspaper for updates.
Complete preparations and go over checklist one last time. Many of the following items should have been done before the start of Hurricane Season.
---- Top off your car gas tank
---- Recharge batteries for cell phones, cameras, small hand tools, and flashlights
---- Trim any recently broken tree limbs (A major yard cleaning should be done at the beginning of every hurricane season.)
---- Repair mobile home tie downs and skirting
---- Cover all windows with shutters or plywood
---- Know the location of your home's cut off switches and valves for the electricity, water, and gas
---- Stock up on extra batteries for radios and flashlights if not already done so
---- Purchase or make bags of ice and fill empty spaces in freezers
---- Check food and water supplies
---- Stock up on canned food and have a manual can opener
---- Stock up on canned pet food
---- Stock up on first aid supplies
---- Have on hand a minimum of 5 gallons of drinking & cooking water per person
---- Have on hand drinking water for all pets (amounts determined on size and type of pet)
---- If possible purchase a camping stove and fuel supply -- never use indoors or near exterior of home
---- Keep several coolers with frozen gel packs handy for packing refrigerated items
---- Check prescription medicines -- obtain at least 10-14 days supply. Don't forget pet meds.
---- Prepare to store and secure outdoor lawn furniture, garden equipment, garbage cans, dog houses, bikes, and any other object that can be picked up and moved by strong winds.
---- Have on hand an extra supply of cash and copies of medical records. Have a copy of pet's vet records. Store all important papers in water proof pouch.
---- Review your evacuation plan with family members
---- Inform out of area friends and family members where you will be going if you must evacuate
---- Be prepared to load all family members, pets, and needed supplies into a vehicle to evacuate if it becomes necessary
---- Know your county evacuation routes
---- Know what supplies you will need to take to an Emergency Shelter if you must evacuate
---- Know which shelters allow pets and what they require