Preparing For a Hurricane


Hurricanes are no laughing matter. Hurricanes can cause catastrophic damage to an area, but luckily they are somewhat easy to predict so you will have time to prepare. Here is a comprehensive list to help you and your family prepare for a hurricane.

Preparing for evacuation

  • First off let me say DO NOT leave your pets outside, much less tied up. Animals are as susceptible to the dangers of sever weather as humans, please take them with you!
  • Book a hotel early because prices will surely increase. All La Quintas allow pets. See the resources at the bottom of the page to find more hotels that are pet friendly.
  • Plan your route before hand because waiting to leave until last minute can cause major traffic jams.
  • Board up your windows with either plywood or hurricane shutters.
  • Fill up your gas tanks as early as possible as gas will go up soon after news of a hurricane comes out.
  • Put all outdoor items in a safe place.
  • Get cash from the ATM.
  • Move furniture away from windows.
  • Take important documents with you or place in a water proof safe. Some of these can include passport, ID, birth certificates, property deeds, tax etc.
  • Stack sand bags around entrances in case of flooding.
Damages to A1A in Florida caused by Hurricane Mathew in 2016.

If you have to stay

Some people have to stay for whatever reason. That reason may be that they have closed bridges or roads, or you have no where else to go. In that case it is important to prepare your house and family as much as possible.

  • Still prepare your house as stated above.
  • Prepare a supply kit that will give you enough supplies for at least three days.
    • Make sure you plenty of water. FEMA recommends having at least one gallon of water per person per day.
    • Non perishable food
    • Some sort of battery powered or hand crank radio as you might be without electricity for a few days.
    • Pre-charged portable phone/electronics battery chargers. Most of these products will get you one or more full charges before running out themselves.
    • Flashlight
    • Batteries for all supplies
    • First aid kit
    • Baby wipes or other moist towelettes
    • Garbage bags
    • Manual can opener
    • Utility knife
    • Make sure you have enough medicine for all people
    • If you have little ones check the amount of diapers and wipes you have
    • Plastic sheets or tarps which can be used to cover holes in your roof
    • Warm blankets and sleeping bags
    • Clothes including shoes with sturdy soles
    • Water proof containers
    • Water proof matches or regular matches kept in a waterproof container
    • Personal hygiene supplies such as dental care and feminine hygiene supplies
    • Activities to keep you entertained such as cards, puzzles, books, crosswords
    • Duct tape
    • Battery operated clock
    • Scissors
    • Pet supplies, leash, food, favorite toy, etc.
    • Coolers
    • Fuel for outdoor cooking
    • Paper goods
    • Basic tools, hammer, screwdriver, pliers, etc.
    • Insect repellent
    • Whistle in case you need to signal for help
  • Keep all supplies in coolers or buckets that can be used later for various things
Hurricane Irene strikes the coast of the Bahamas.

Hurricane resources


Do you see anything I left out? Post in the comments to share your knowledge of how to prepare! 


  1. Michael Gartland

    September 10, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    These are great suggestions. I also appreciate the links to helpful websites for more information. I did not plan ahead for Irma; Lessons Learned: 1) If you’re responsible got Senior/Special Needs family members, ensure their evac site, be it @ a personal residence/commercial venue, has everything needed to accommodate them, especially reliable power (as much as possible). Proper plannng helps lead to an economy of expense and effort. If possible, try and keep everyone together. 2) Evac sooner, not later. Essentials such as fuel & gas go very quickly, especially when folks are traveling from other cities to/through your area. 3) Stock up on batteries & battery charged gadgets/gizmos like radios, flashlights, phone/electronic/car chargers, even little hand held fans. 4) Finally, always give thanks for our wonderful military, 1st Responders, LEOs, and volunteers who give so much to help/support/protect our communities and families!

    1. admin

      September 12, 2017 at 9:15 pm

      Those are awesome suggestions! Planning ahead is always key!

  2. Crystal Ratcliff

    September 8, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    We recently had to go through all of this with Hurricane Harvey. This was not fun at all especially with young children. Pray for the people are going through Hurricane Irma.

    1. admin

      September 12, 2017 at 9:16 pm

      I can’t believe how closely together they hit. It makes me happy to see the country come together when people need it the most.

  3. melissawuollett

    September 8, 2017 at 11:02 am

    My brother just left key west two day so ago with his dog and boat. He is staying at a hotel for now, his dog is loving it though thinking it is a trip! Hope the best for all the families over there!

    1. admin

      September 12, 2017 at 9:16 pm

      I hope your and his dog made it out safely! The hurricane was such a scary experience for me and mine!

  4. Kristi McAllister

    September 8, 2017 at 8:13 am

    We were in Mississippi during Katrina and even though we weren’t on the coast, we still took a hit. Wish we had had this list back then! I’m on the coast of North Carolina and still thing to decide whether to leave or hunker down and ride it out. My heart is sad for those in the path of Irma. Great post and very informative!!

    1. admin

      September 12, 2017 at 9:17 pm

      My cousin was in gulf port during that time. I think the whole gulf coast took a hit! I hope Irma was nice to you!

  5. makeamomsmile

    September 6, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    One of my personal Favorite tips is : Do ALL your laundry ahead of time. Nothing worse than no power for weeks.

    1. admin

      September 6, 2017 at 3:48 pm

      What a great tip! I didn’t even think of that

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