HURRICANE WATCH issued
for your part of the coast indicates the possibility that you could experience
hurricane conditions within 36 hours. This WATCH should trigger your family's
disaster plan, and protective measures should be initiated. Especially, those
actions that require extra time such as securing a boat and leaving a barrier
issued for your part of the coast indicates that sustained winds of at least 74
mph are expected within 24 hours. Once this WARNING has been issued, your
family should be in the process of completing protective actions and deciding
the safest location to be during the storm
EVACUATING DURING A
- Stay alert to storm
advisories by using your NOAA weather radio.
- Enact your family disaster
- Map out your route. Use
travel routes specified by local authorities. Do not get on the road without a
place to go.
- Fill your car with
- Enact your pet plan.
Before a storm threatens, contact your veterinarian or local humane society for
information on preparing your pets for an emergency.
- Bring your disaster supply
kit. Make sure you include important documents. Have enough food and water for
at least 3 days. Bring flashlights for emergency lightning, since it's likely that
there will be power outages and most places will be running on backup
- Secure your home before
leaving. Board up windows and glass doors, anchor loose objects or bring them
inside and lock your doors.
- Have some cash handy.
Following a hurricane, banks and ATMs may be temporarily closed.
- Notify your family and
friends of your plans.
- If possible, evacuate to the home of either
friends or family in a non-vulnerable area within your county or parish.
- Next, try a
- As a last result, go to a
- Remember, shelters are not
designed for comfort and do not usually accept pets.