Before the Storm

  • Listen to the radio or watch television for forecasts and possible warnings. Have a battery-operated radio on hand. Click here for local and national weather links.
  • Bring in or tie down loose outdoor objects. Prepare your house. If your home is equipped with awnings, lower them, or purchase approved storm panels. If these are not available, obtain strong plywood to cover your windows. If you cannot cover your windows, use a windowless room as a refuge.
  • Listen to county and state officials regarding evacuations and shelter locations.
  • Turn off all large appliances that come on automatically, like electric water heaters and air conditioners. Make sure appliances you were using when the outage occurred, like ovens, stoves, irons or power tools are turned off.

Click here for our Storm Watch Brochure

Gather emergency supply items including:

  • A battery-powered radio, so you can be abreast of the latest news surrounding the storm
  • A battery-powered flashlight and extra batteries
  • Candles and matches (Never leave burning candles unattended)
  • Non-perishable food and plenty of bottled water
  • Manual can opener
  • First-aid kit
  • Prescription and any other necessary extra medicine
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Wind-up clock
  • Blankets
  • Toilet articles and sanitary needs
  • Baby items if needed