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Preparing for the Hurricane

Advance planning can help you and your loved ones stay safe.

Preparing for the Hurricane

Advance planning can help you and your loved ones stay safe.

Hurricane Michael is expected to make landfall on the Florida panhandle on Wednesday, October 10. If you are in an area expected to affected by the hurricane, please begin preparing as soon as possible.


Learn more about Hurricane Michael from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).



What to do if a hurricane strikes your area


First off, know if you are in an evacuation zone. If you are, be sure to know the route to follow. Go to for information specific to your area.


Know your evacuation route

What to do to get ready

  • Plan routes to emergency shelters and register family members with special needs as required.
  • Make plans to keep pets sheltered. Bring items inside that could be picked up by the wind.
  • Turn the refrigerator and freezer to the coldest settings and keep them closed as much as possible so food will last longer if the power goes out.
  • Turn off any propane tanks and unplug small appliances.
  • Fill all vehicle gas tanks.
  • Close windows, doors, and hurricane shutters. If hurricane shutters aren’t an option, close and board up windows and doors with plywood.


Emergency supplies to have on hand

  • Water (one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days) for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Complete change of clothing including a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, and sturdy shoes
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container
  • Cash or traveler's checks and change
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities
  • Pet care supplies such as food, water, litter, etc.


What to do during the storm

  • Stay indoors during the hurricane and away from windows and glass doors.
  • Close all interior doors — secure and brace external doors.
  • Keep curtains and blinds closed. Do not be fooled if there is a lull; it could be the eye of the storm — winds may very well pick up again.
  • Take refuge in a small interior room, closet, or hallway on the lowest level.
  • Lie on the floor under a table or another sturdy object.


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