Watches & Warnings

Hurricane Watch

A hurricane watch is issued when there is a threat of hurricane conditions within 36 hours.

  • Bring in outdoor objects such as toys and garden tools
  • Check your family’s emergency supplies
  • Fill up your car with gas
  • Listen to a radio or television for official instructions
  • Review evacuation plan
  • Secure buildings
  • Secure outdoor objects which cannot be brought inside, such as boats and lawnmowers
  • Store drinking water in clean bathtubs, jugs, bottles, and cooking utensils
  • Turn your refrigerator and freezer to their coldest settings

Hurricane Warning

  A hurricane warning is issued when hurricane conditions are expected in 24 hours or less.

  • Avoid open flames, such as candles and kerosene lamps, as a source of light
  • If in a mobile home, check tie downs and prepare to evacuate
  • If power is lost, turn major appliances off to reduce a power surge when electricity is restored
  • Keep a supply of flashlights and extra batteries handy
  • Listen to a radio or television for official instructions
  • Stay inside, away from windows, skylights, and glass doors
  • Store valuables and personal papers in a waterproof container