Last-minute checklist

If you’ve done nothing else to prepare for a hurricane and there is a storm coming, DO THIS NOW:

INSIDE THE HOME:

Prepare food and water according to instructions on this site.

Turn the refrigerator to its coldest settings. Do not open it unless necessary.

Clean your tub and fill it with water. If the water supply goes out, you will be able to use this to flush toilets and take sponge baths. As a last resort, you will be able to drink it, but boil it first.

Put important documents, plus a list of possessions, in a waterproof container and move it to the safe room.

Move as many valuables as possible off the floor to limit flooding damage.

Unplug appliances that are no longer needed as the storm nears.

Check your medical supplies.

If you have a preexisting medical condition and have a medic-alert tag, or are caring for someone who does, put the tag on.

Check your first-aid kit for missing items.

Check your safe room to make sure all items are in place.

Plan home escape routes and meeting places in case family members get separated.

Continue to listen to the radio and television for instructions.

OUTSIDE THE HOME

If you haven’t evacuated the region by now, it’s too late. If your home is safe, stay. If not, go to friends or relatives nearby. A shelter is a last resort.

Stay off the roads. It’s too late to get supplies, and you’ll be competing with people trying to flee unsafe homes.

Close and secure shutters, mount plywood across windows and sliding glass doors.

Bring in – or tie down – loose items in the yard, such as toys, bicycles, patio furniture, grills, garbage cans.

Secure and brace external doors, especially the garage door and double doors.

Move vehicles out of flood-prone areas and into garages if possible. If not, park cars away from trees and close to homes or buildings.

Take down satellite dishes and TV antennas, but be sure to unplug the set first. Do not touch power lines with the antenna.

Remove turbine vents on the roof and replace with metal caps.

Do not leave debris such as trimmings in the yard or along the street. The storm could turn these into missiles.

Do not drain the pool, but add extra chlorine to reduce contamination. Do not put lawn furniture in the pool.

Bring the pets indoors. They should be wearing identification and have a two-week supply of food.

Conditions will deteriorate rapidly, sometimes hours before landfall, so get inside quickly.

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