Before the Storm

Every year, prior to hurricane season, your family should review your hurricane plan and make changes as necessary. It should include if you plan to evacuate, where you will go, the route you will take to get there, when you will leave and what supplies you will take.

Supplies & Shelter

If you plan to stay, make sure you have all of the supplies necessary to be on your own for at least 72 hours. If you are planning to go to an evacuation shelter, have your shelter supplies kit packed and ready. Make sure you have all the materials on hand to protect your home. You should also trim dead wood from trees. Don't forget to make arrangements for pets. Print and save this page for future reference. You may not have power if a storm is approaching.

If the storm is threatening the area you should listen to local media for information and actions to be taken. In addition you should:

Information & Actions

  • Fuel your car. You will need it to evacuate and pumps don't work without electricity.
  • Bring in outdoor objects such as lawn furniture, toys and garden tools.
  • Install your storm shutters or cover windows with plywood and secure all doors.
  • Prepare boats as appropriate.
  • Turn up refrigerators and freezers to the highest settings.
  • Turn off small appliances that are not needed.
  • Turn off LP tanks.
  • Call an out-of-town friend or relative to let them know of your plans. Then instruct other family members to call that person for information about your family after the storm.
  • Fill sinks and bathtubs with water.
  • Get an extra supply of cash. Banks and ATMs may not be operational immediately after the storm.

Evacuation Orders

Due to the amount of time required for evacuation in Santa Rosa County, evacuation orders may be issued before a hurricane watch or warning have been issued by the National Hurricane Center.