Update Your Hurricane Emergency Plan
Hurricane season runs from June through November, with peak season mid-August to late October. Being prepared is your best defense against these strong tropical storms that can cause significant destruction.
Making a Plan
- Determine where you will head if you need to evacuate, such as to a relative, friend or public shelter, etc.
- Gather your hurricane supplies – see suggested list below.
- Keep up with the latest storm updates and evacuation orders.
- Create a list of the specifics of your medication routine.
- Consult your physician and medical supply vendors to make sure you are prepared for a hurricane and the aftermath once the storm passes.
- Contact your local emergency information management office if you have any concerns.
- Wear medical alert tags or bracelets that note your medical condition and/or disability.
Emergency Supply List
Stock your home with supplies that may be needed before, during and after a storm. At a minimum, these supplies should include:
- Water – at least one gallon daily per person for three to seven days
- Food – enough for at least three to seven days; non-perishable packaged or canned food and beverages, snack foods, juice, foods for infants or those with special diets
- Manual (non-electric) can opener, paper plates, plastic utensils, plastic cups
- Grill, cooking tools, fuel, charcoal
- Clothing – seasonal/rain gear/sturdy shoes or boots
- Blankets, pillows, sleeping bags
- First aid kit, prescriptions, medications, sunblock, aloe and bug spray
- Special items for babies, older adults, persons with disabilities
- Toiletries – alcohol-based hand sanitizer, hygiene items and sanitation wipes
- Radio – battery operated or hand cranked radio, NOAA weather radio
- Flashlights and batteries (do not use candles)
- Extra house and car keys, office keys and name badge
- Vehicle – keep your motor vehicle fuel tanks filled
- Cash (banks/ATMs may not be available after the storm)
- Toys, books, games
- Tools – keep a set with you during the storm
- Document all valuables. Take photos or video of items, vehicles and home before the storm.
- Important documents in a waterproof container/bag – include driver’s licenses, health insurance cards, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security cards, birth and marriage certificates, home insurance policy numbers, passports, etc.
- Pet care items – pet food and water, proper identification, medical records, a carrier or cage, muzzle and leash, medications
- List of important numbers – including your country, state and parish emergency management office, evacuations sites, doctors, bank, area schools, veterinarian, etc.
Notes for Older Adults
- Stock up on food, water and supplies before the hurricane season begins in June.
- Have at least a two-week supply of your medications.
- Be aware of changing weather conditions.
- Make plans in advance, in case you need to evacuate and if you decide to stay.
- If you need to evacuate, work with a neighbor, relative or partner to plan and implement your evacuation together.
- Make plans in advance to stay with friends or relatives living on higher ground.