When a storm is forecast

  • Learn the evacuation route from your location and the amount of time needed to evacuate. Think about where you will go. If you need to go to a shelter. Most shelters do not allow pets, so decide how you will care for them.
  • If you live in a mobile home, plan to evacuate to a safer structure. No mobile or manufactured home is safe in hurricane-force winds.
  • Map out your evacuation route. Determine how long it will take to pick up everyone in your family, and notify other family members where you plan to be. Bring a three-day survival kit with you.
  • Make sure your insurance coverage represents the value of your property. Separate policies are needed for wind and flood damage. Call your city or county planning department to find out if you live in a flood-prone area.
  • Take a full inventory of your personal property to help in filling out insurance claims. List descriptions and take pictures and video of everything that will cost you money to replace. Store a copy of your inventory away from your home for safekeeping.