Prepare for Wind

  • Secure items outside, such as lawn furniture and trash cans, that could be picked up by high winds and hurt someone.
  • Anchor objects that would be unsafe to bring inside, such as gas grills and propane tanks.
  • Trim or remove trees close enough to fall on your home. Review insurance policies.
  • Protect windows with permanent storm shutters or pre-cut plywood.

Prepare for Flooding

  • Clean out drains, gutters and downspouts.
  • Stockpile protective materials such as plastic sheeting and sandbags if you’re in an area prone to flooding.
  • Consider installing a sump pump with battery backup.
  • Consider elevating the heating system, water heater, and electric panel.

Hurricane Preparedness Checklist

Check out this handy PDF from the Red Cross with tips on how to prepare before a storm, what to do during, and what to do after the storm has passed.
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