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Hurricanes are severe tropical storms that form in the southern Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico, and the eastern Pacific Ocean.

How to Identify a Hurricane

  • Hurricane watch: A hurricane is possible in your area; be prepared to evacuate
  • Hurricane warning: A hurricane is expected in your area; if local authorities advise you to evacuate, leave immediately

How to Prepare for a Hurricane

  • See Get A Kit and Make A Plan for general information
  • Secure your property
    • Cover all of your home's windows with pre-cut ply wood or hurricane shutters to protect them from high winds
    • Bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else that is not tied down
    • Keep all trees and shrubs well trimmed

How to Respond to a Hurricane

  • If local authorities issue evacuation orders, leave immediately following your evacuation plan
  • If you are not able to evacuate:
    • Stay indoors away from all windows
    • Take shelter in an interior room
    • Be aware that there may be a sudden lull in the storm as the eye of the hurricane moves over
  • Stay out of flood waters, if possible; the water may be contaminated or electrically charged
  • Be alert for tornadoes and flooding
  • Stay away from downed power lines to avoid the risk of electric shock
  • Do not return to your home until local authorities say it is safe

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