A Family Hurricane Plan can help you and your loved ones be as ready as possible for an approaching hurricane. Make sure everyone in the family understands a Family Hurricane Plan. One weekend in May each year, review the plan.
What’s in a good hurricane plan? Here’s a checklist:
- A deadline to evacuate. (No matter what’s in your plan, obey all evacuation orders from local officials.)
- A destination after you evacuate. (Map alternate routes in case roads are blocked.)
- What to do with family pets.
- Storage for boats or recreational vehicles.
- Relatives to notify.
- Safe places to keep important family papers and keepsakes.
- Meeting places after the hurricane, if people get separated.
- Locations of emergency shelters. (Vital if you decide to leave at the last minute.)
- Duty of each family member before the storm. (Does Dad put plywood over the windows while Mom takes the dog to the kennel?)
- Phone number of a friend or neighbor if you need last-minute help as a storm approaches.
- Contact information and a stand-by plan for elderly family members or friends who live alone.