1. Prepare for flooding
  • Unplug, bag, and move electronics to higher ground such as on top of tables, desks or kitchen cabinets. Anything that can be bagged in sealable plastic bags and moved to a higher location can be potentially spared.
  • If you have a two-story home, inspect your first floor for items that can be moved to higher floors or spaces. For example, roll up area rugs and place them upstairs or on counters to keep them dry.
  • Elevate appliances like washers and dryers on bases or concrete blocks as possible.
  • Shut off the main water valve to the home.
  • Use sandbags to redirect stormwater and debris flow away from home.
  1. Prepare for high winds
    • Move patio furniture, hanging plants, toys, and gas grills inside.
    • Install shutters or plywood on all windows and openings.
    • Check garage door mounting brackets and tracks to ensure they are tight and secure.
    • If you have natural or propane gas, check with the gas company for instructions.
  1. Prepare for power outages
    • Two days before you evacuate, set your refrigerator and freezer to the lowest temperature. Place bags of ice (you can freeze water in zip-loc bags) to ensure your freezer is full. The USDA says food in a refrigerator will stay cold and safe for four hours if the door isn't opened. A full freezer will maintain temperature for approximately 48 hours as long as the door is kept closed.
    • Turn off the electrical breakers for major appliances including the stove, water heaters, and A/C units to protect against power surges.
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