Research flood insurance. There is normally a 30-day waiting period before a new policy becomes effective. Homeowners polices do not automatically cover damage from the flooding that accompanies a hurricane.
Develop an emergency communication plan. Family members may be separated from one another during a disaster.
Have a plan for getting back together.
Ask an out-of-state relative or friend to serve as the "family contact." After a disaster, it's often easier to call long distance.
Make sure everyone in the family knows the name, address and phone number of out-of-state contact person.
Plan an evacuation route.
Learn safe routes inland. Be ready to drive 20 to 50 miles inland to locate a safe place.
Have disaster supplies on hand.
Portable, battery-operated radio
First-aid kit and manual
Current prescriptions and medicines
Emergency food and water
Cash and credit cards
Gasoline for car
Gasoline for generator, if necessary
Make arrangements for pets
Make sure that all family members know how to prepare your house for a hurricane. Teach family members how and when to turn off gas, electricity and water.
Teach children how and when to call 9-1-1 as well as the police and fire departments
Teach children which radio station to tune to for emergency information
Protect your windows. Permanent shutters are the best protection. A lower-cost approach is to put up plywood panels. Use 1/2-inch plywood (marine plywood is best) cut to fit each window. Remember to mark which board fits which window. Pre-drill holes every 18 inches for screws.
When a storm is named: Listen to/watch local news coverage for important instructions