Hurricane Safety & Preparedness
For Crystal Coast Residents
Hurricanes happen. It's one of the few downsides to living on the Crystal Coast... but if you take some time to prepare ahead of time, you'll be ready to protect yourself and your property when a storm does hit. Here are some of our best Crystal Coast hurricane prep tips.
- Learn evacuation routes for your home, as well as nearby shelter locations.
- Plan a safe spot within your home. This should be a windowless interior room on the lowest level that isn't in danger of flooding.
- Prepare a disaster kit that includes food and water for at least three days, a first-aid kit, a can opener, batteries, flashlights, and protective clothing.
- Sign up for warning systems like the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
- Always keep your property well-maintained by clearing gutters, installing check valves, and possibly considering hurricane shutters.
Before the Hurricane
- Make sure your disaster kit is ready, including any important medication or documentation you'd like to keep handy. You might also want to have some cash on hand. And don't forget about your pets!
- Make a plan for how you'll stay in contact with friends or family if the power goes out.
- Board up windows and store any exterior objects or furniture.
- Fill up your car and charge your phone.
- Turn your fridge and freezer to the coldest settings and try to avoid opening too much.
- Have a radio and extra batteries handy so you can stay alert with storm updates and evacuation notices. While you've got power, check city and county websites every 30 minutes.
During the Storm
- If told to evacuate, do so. Do not drive around barricades.
- Take shelter in your home's safe room or at a local storm shelter.
- If your home or building begins to flood, climb to the highest level of the structure with windows or openings (i.e. not the attic, as you could become trapped by floodwaters).
- Stay alert for additional news, information, and notices to evacuate.
- Avoid flood waters. Do not walk, swim, or drive through any water.
After the Storm
- Stay alert for additional information or warnings.
- Work with a friend or neighbor for cleanup. Always wear protective clothing and do not touch electrical equipment if it is wet or you're standing in water.
- Avoid wading through water, as it might contain debris.
- Use text messages to contact family and friends.
- Document all damages to property with photos and contact your insurance company right away.