This display shows an approximate
representation of coastal areas under a hurricane
warning (red), hurricane watch (pink), tropical
storm warning (blue) and tropical storm watch
(yellow). The orange circle indicates the current
position of the center of the tropical cyclone. The
black line and dots show the National Hurricane
Center (NHC) forecast track of the center at the
times indicated. NHC forecast tracks of the center
can be in error; average areas of uncertainty for
the first 3 days of the forecast track are shown by
the solid white area, while the area of uncertainty
for the days 4 and 5 portion of the forecast is
shown by the white stippled area.
Emergency preparedness supplies
If you've already prepared your kit, then use this
checklist, or if you haven't prepared your kit, then this
list will help.
Extra prescription medications, written copies of
prescriptions, other special medical items.
Important documents and records, photo IDs, proof of
residence, information you may need to process insurance
Cash — power outages mean banks and ATMs may be
Flashlight with extra batteries.
Phone numbers of family and friends.
Road maps, a travel plan, hotel reservations and a list of
places between your town and your destination where you can
stop if the highways are clogged.
Three-day supply of non-perishable food, and one gallon of
bottled water per person per day.
Coolers for food and ice storage, paper plates, plastic
Manual can opener, knife, tools, booster cables, fire
extinguisher, duct tape, tarp, rope.
Blankets, pillows, sleeping bags and extra clothing.
Eyeglasses, sunglasses, hearing aids.
Special supplies needed for babies, older adults or pets.
Whether you are evacuating or not, here are a few tips.
To protect your home, whether you are staying or going,
put up shutters or plywood on all windows and openings.
Winds are stronger at higher elevations.
Move patio furniture, hanging plants and gas grills
inside. If your home is vulnerable to rising water, move
valuables and furniture to a higher level.
Notify relatives and friends about evacuation plans and
confirm reservations if planning to stay in a hotel.
Be familiar with other places to stay between your home
and destination should roads become clogged. Do not ride out
a hurricane in a car. Know where emergency shelters are
along the route.
Turn off electricity at the main circuit breaker or fuse
box to protect appliances from power surges and reduce risk
of live dangling wires after the storm.
If the house is supplied with natural or propane gas, turn
the gas off at the meter or tank.
Make a final walk-through inspection of the home before
closing the door.
Do not try to tow a trailer or boat in high winds. It's