Hurricane Safety

Hurricane season is June 1 – November 30

OCL has 10 steps to prepare for a hurricane or severe weather. Read more.

  1. Prepare a disaster supplies kit and a personal evacuation plan. Identify where you could go ahead of time. If you are told to evacuate choose several locations and keep directions and contact information ready.
  2. Make a communication plan with family and friends. Talk with family about your plans for evacuation during a storm.
  3. Keep informed. Listen to the radio, watch TV or check the Internet for the latest weather updates. If you are told to evacuate, do so immediately.
  4. Take these things when evacuating: Prescription medications, cash, sleeping bag, pillow, water, non-perishable foods, first aid kit, battery operated radio, flashlight, batteries, car keys, cell phone, maps, directions, shelter locations, shelter contact information, driver’s license, social security card and insurance papers.
  5. Do these things before evacuating: Unplug all electrical appliances, move all valuables off the floor to avoid damage in case of flooding, close blinds and curtains, close and lock apartment or home windows and doors.
  6. Fill your car’s gas tank and make sure you have cash. ATM and gas pumps don’t work if the electricity goes out.
  7. Don’t forget your pet and remember to bring: Food, water, medication, toys, crate, leash and any other pet essentials. Shelters require a crate for your dog or cat and proof of rabies vaccination so be prepared.
  8. What to do when the hurricane arrives: Listen to the radio or TV, stay indoors and don’t party. This is a time for you to be aware and ready to evacuate if necessary.
  9. What to do when the hurricane is over: Continue to listen to the radio or local TV station for instructions and inspect your home for damage. If the power is out, use flashlights in the dark, not candles. Avoid power lines or plugging in electrical appliances in standing water.
  10. More resources: For shelter information, check the UF website, local newspapers, radio stations or TV news.

For more information, visit the following websites or call the following hotline: