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Before a Hurricane

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  • Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio for critical information from the National Weather Service (NWS).
  • Check your disaster supplies (emergency kit) and replace or restock as needed.
  • Bring indoors anything that can be picked up by the wind (bicycles, lawn furniture).
  • Close windows, doors and shutters. If you do not have hurricane shutters, close and board up windows and doors with plywood.
  • Turn the refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting, and keep them closed as much as possible so that food will last longer if the power goes out.
  • Turn off propane tanks and unplug small appliances.
  • Learn about emergency support contacts and services on- and off-campus.
  • Prepare to evacuate well before the full strength of a hurricane arrives or when recommended by local authorities.
    • Review your plan for evacuating and for getting back in touch with friends and family.
    • Be sure housemate plans are coordinated. Discussing and practicing the plan minimizes confusion and fear during an incident.
    • Keep your car’s gas tank full.
    • Plan routes to local shelters, with careful attention to special medical needs as as well as pets. Be ready to take them with you.
    • Be careful to avoid flash floods, underwater roads or washed out bridges.
  • Because standard insurance doesn’t cover flooding, it’s important to have protection from the floods associated with storms. For more information on flood insurance, visit the National Flood Insurance Program website.

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