Seasonal Weather Tips
Officials from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) advise residents in Atlantic and Gulf Coast states to be prepared throughout the hurricane season, which typically occurs during the period of June 1st through November 30th.
One of the first steps you can take is to ensure we have your current phone number in our records. Having your phone number makes it easier to identify your location when you call and keep you informed after you call. You can update contact information using “My Account”.
Hurricane WATCH vs. WARNING
WATCH: As a hurricane approaches, the National Weather Service may issue a hurricane WATCH. This means hurricane conditions are possible, usually within 48 hours after tropical storm force winds begin.
WARNING: When a hurricane WARNING is issued, hurricane conditions are expected and you should be completing final preparations.
What To Do Once a WATCH Is Issued
- Listen to local radio or TV stations for up-to-date storm information.
- Prepare to bring inside any lawn furniture, outdoor decorations or ornaments, trash cans, hanging plants, and anything else that can be picked up by the wind.
- Prepare to cover all windows of your home. If shutters have not been installed, use precut plywood as described above. Note: Tape does not prevent windows from breaking, so taping windows is not recommended.
- Set your refrigerator/freezer to the coldest setting to keep food fresh longer if the power goes out.
- Fill your car's gas tank.
- Have cash on hand. ATMs will not work without power.
- Check batteries and stock up on canned food, first aid supplies, drinking water, and medications.
Preparing for a Hurricane