Evacuation centers should only be considered as a shelter of last resort. Once an evacuation order is given, a list of open evacuation centers will be announced. Details will be posted on and

If you own a boat, remember to secure it properly. Use double lines at a marina or consider dry-dock storage. Never try to ride out a hurricane in your boat.

Storm surge is the greatest threat to life and property from a hurricane. It occurs when water from the ocean is pushed on shore by the force of tropical storms or hurricanes.

** A Storm Surge Planning Zone is an area that could be affected by a storm surge of 1 1/2 feet or higher during a hurricane. Evacuation decisions are heavily predicated on storm surge planning.

  • Monitor and www., radio station 107.9FM and television for weather updates and instructions from public safety officials.
  • Stay indoors, preferably in a room with no windows.
  • Take your emergency kit and disaster supplies with you if you move from room to room or if you evacuate to a shelter.
  • If flooding threatens your home, turn off electricity at the main breaker
  • Use flashlights, not candles or kerosene lamps, as your light source.
  • Avoid using the phone and do not bathe or shower during the storm.
  • If you lose power, turn off all major appliances.
  • Do not go outside during the eye of the storm. The calm is brief before hurricane-force winds return.
  • Keep children informed about what’s happening and watch for signs of stress.
  • Keep animals in their carriers or crate.
  • Get in the bathtub and pull a mattress over you to protect yourself from debris if your home begins to come apart.