A hurricane watch is posted, what should I do to prepare?

By the time a hurricane watch is issued for your area, all but the most last-minute preparations should be completed. Emergency supplies, including copies of important papers should already be on hand and ready to use.

A hurricane watch usually means that a threat of hurricane conditions could come as soon as 24-36 hours. Here are a few tips to help you complete the last minute details once a watch is issued:

  • Check food, water, first aid, batteries, pet supplies and other stored supplies to make sure they are fresh, adequate and ready to use.

  • Start a last-minute shopping list for any items you may need.

  • Turn refrigerators and freezers to their coldest settings.

  • Fill your car with gas, check oil and tires, as well as other maintenance points.

  • Store drinking water in clean bathtubs, bottles, jugs, and cooking pots.

  • Secure mooring of boats or move them inland to a safe location. Secure boats to trailers with ropes or chains and then secure trailers to ground or house.

  • If you plan to evacuate, place items you'll need in your vehicle.

  • Pick up loose items around your property.

  • Contact your doctor, veterinarian, dentist, or pharmacist to arrange for any extra prescriptions or other medications.

  • Stay tuned to local news and weather authorities.  Be prepared to act quickly if the need arises.

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