Preparing for a Hurricane

Here are a few tips for preparing for the Atlantic hurricane season, which is June 1st to November 30th.

Know the Terms

Learn the difference between a storm watch and a storm warning when it comes to tropical storms and hurricanes. Hurricanes can range from a Category 1, which produces the least damage, to a Category 5, which causes the most devastating damage. Your preparation of your property and person will depend on the severity of the storm and its projected path.

Assess Your Risk

  • Determine if you live in an evacuation zone.
  • Identify whom in your household may need extra care, such an elder or a person with specialized medical needs.
  • Consider if you may need to register for a special needs shelter.

Gather Supplies

  • First aid kit and essential medications for the people and pets in your household.
  • Hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes and masks or facial coverings.
  • Canned food and can opener.
  • At least three gallons of water per person.
  • Protective clothing, rainwear, and bedding or sleeping bags.
  • Battery-powered radio, flashlight, and extra batteries.
  • Special items for infants, elderly or family members with disabilities.
  • Written instructions on how to turn off electricity, gas and water if authorities advise you to do so. (Remember, you'll need a professional to turn them back on.)

  For more information about how to prepare for a hurricane, visit Broward County Emergency Management.