Follow instructions issued by local officials.
Fill bathtubs and jugs with water. Figure on using a gallon of water per person per day.
Turn refrigerator and freezer settings to the coldest levels. Freeze water in plastic containers. If electricity fails, you can use the blocks of ice to help keep food cold.
Bring in any outdoor objects that could become projectiles in high winds: mail boxes, garbage cans, lawn furniture and garden tools. Anchor anything that cannot be brought inside. Encourage your neighbors to do the same.
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Install your shutters or cover all your windows and doors. Install braces on your garage doors if they do not meet the current building code.
Keep all windows closed during the storm.
Disconnect natural gas to individual appliances at the supply valves near each unit. Do not turn off the main gas line. Disconnect propane gas to individual appliances.
Remove external antennas.
Remove valuable pictures and bric-a-brac from walls.
Wedge sliding glass doors with a bar.
Draw drapes and blinds.
Turn off electricity to the pool and cover the pump equipment with waterproof material. Remove and store child safety fences.
Gather your hurricane kit and stay in your safe room. Essentials for the room include sturdy shoes, something to cover your head such as a pillow or mattress and a fire extinguisher.