Preparing for a Hurricane


This is an important message from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. If your area is under a hurricane watch or warning, you should take these crucial steps to prepare for the storm:

  • Learn about your community's emergency plans, warning signals, evacuation routes, and emergency shelters.
  • Make plans to protect people with special needs and pets.
  • Stock your home and vehicle with emergency supplies.
  • Secure or protect potential home hazards, such as utilities.
  • Stay tuned to the television and contact local authorities.
To learn more, call the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636) or 1-888-232-6348 (TTY) or go to

For more information on preparing for hurricanes, visit the Hurricanes Preparedness page. For more information on preparing for emergencies if you have a disability or access and functional need, visit the ADA/FNSS page.