Hurricane watch or warning? Here's what to do

Hurricane watch or warning? Here's what to do

When a hurricane watch or warning is issued, it's time to take immediate action.

When a Hurricane Watch is Issued

A hurricane watch means hurricane conditions are possible within 48 hours. It is critical that you prepare to put your planning into action.

  • Check often for official bulletins on Live 5 News, or the Live 5 News or First Alert Weather apps or NOAA weather radio.
  • Activate your family plan. Protective measures should be initiated, especially those actions that require extra time (i.e. securing a boat, leaving a barrier island, etc.)
  • Fill gas tank in car. Moor small craft or move to safe shelter.
  • Secure lawn furniture and other loose material outdoors (or bring inside.)
  • Board or shutter windows to prevent shattering.
  • Wedge sliding glass doors to prevent their lifting from their tracks.

When a Hurricane Warning is Issued

A hurricane warning means conditions are expected within the area within 36 hours.

  • Stay tuned to official bulletins on Live 5 News, or the Live 5 News or First Alert Weather apps or NOAA weather radio.
  • Use your family plan. Determine the safest place to be.

If you're not evacuating:

  • Know your safe room.
  • Move valuables to upper floors. Bring in pets.
  • Fill containers and/or bathtub with drinking water.
  • Turn up refrigerator to maximum cold and don't open unless necessary.
  • Use phone only for emergencies.
  • Stay indoors on the downwind side of house away from windows.

If you are evacuating:

  • Check with your city or county Office of Emergency Management or watch WCSC-TV to see if you need to evacuate. If you do, decide if your family can stay with friends or relatives outside evacuation zones who live in a hurricane-safe house.
  • Leave early, in daylight if possible to avoid traffic and darkness.
  • Shut off water and electricity at main stations.
  • Lock up house.
  • Drive carefully to nearest designated shelter using recommended evacuation routes.

Last Resort Evacuation

A shelter should be your last resort. Do not go until you hear from officials that the specific shelter has opened.

Be sure to bring:

  • Pillows and blankets.
  • Food, water and prescription medicines.
  • Small toys, games and books for young children.

Note: Alcohol and firearms are not allowed in shelters.

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