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Hurricane Preparations at Home

General public hurricane checklist

Here is a list of the many things to consider before, during, and after a hurricane. Some of the safety rules will make things easier for you during a hurricane. All are important and could help save your life and the lives of others. Also, read NOAA's helpful brochure: Against the Wind: Protecting Your Home from Hurricane Wind Damage.

Stay or leave?

When a hurricane threatens your area, you will have to make the decision whether you should evacuate or whether you can ride out the storm in safety at home. If local authorities recommend evacuation, you should leave! Their advice is based on knowledge of the strength of the storm and its potential for death and destruction.

In general

In any case, the ultimate decision to stay or leave will be yours. Study the following list and carefully consider the factors involved — especially the items pertaining to storm surge.

Beginning of hurricane season (June): make plans for action

When a hurricane watch is issued for your area

When a hurricane warning is issued for your area

After the all-clear is given

Hurricane information for boat owners

Preparing your boat for a hurricane

This is hurricane season. Boat owners along the Virginia coasts and sounds should already have a plan to reduce the effects of a hurricane on their vessel.

The following guidelines will not ensure the boat or its occupants will escape damage or injury; however, a well-planned strategy will help increase the chance of escaping damage and injury.

Hurricane boat plan

Determine if you will trailer or haul your boat, secure it in the marina, or move to a previously identified hurricane mooring. Keep in mind the hazards hurricanes present: wind, tidal surge, and wind-driven waves.

Check your insurance policies to know your responsibilities as well as those of your marina or storage area. Gather insurance policies, registrations, inventories and other records. You may need them when you return to check on your boat.

Allow sufficient time in your plan to strip your boat of all movable objects (canvas, sails, dinghies, radios, cushions, etc.). Lash down everything you cannot remove (tilers, wheels, booms, etc.). Practice your plan to see how long it takes to implement. At least one other person should know your hurricane boat plan in case you are out of town when the storm threatens.

Removing your boat from the water

Trailerable Boats:


Leaving your boat at the dock

Anchoring your boat in open water

After the storm

This information from The Public Guide for Jacksonville, Florida Boaters is provided by the National Weather Service, July 1988.