Inspect all doors and windows - Replace any cracked or damaged windows. Exterior doors should close easily and lock tightly.
Consider installing storm shutters - This may also reduce a homeowner's insurance premium.
Check and replace any loose or damaged shingles on the roof. Also make sure the seal is in tact around flashings, chimneys, and vent pipes. A roof in good repair is more likely to withstand a storm.
Check for loose and clogged gutters and downspouts. Backed up gutters can send water flowing into your home in the event of heavy rains.
Trim nearby trees. This will prevent the possibility of large limbs damaging your house.
Make arrangements now to stay with friends and relatives who are pet friendly in the event of an evacuation.
Put a kennel/crate together as a trial, then store and transport disassembled.
Use a towel to partially cover the kennel/crate during the height of the storm for added security.
Allow the pet to become familiar with the kennel/crate at home before a storm.
Plastic grocery bags make pet clean up easier.
Avoid excess bedding, as it may become soiled and difficult to clean during a storm.
Dry pet food is much easier to transport and use than canned food during a storm.
A chain and stake may be useful to secure a dog if the family must use a temporary shelter after the storm.
Make sure you have a photo of your pet and if possible carry along health records.
Pet medications, garbage bags, bath towels, newspaper (dog), and litter (cat) are also very important items when traveling with your pet.
Finally, if are traveling with pets, its always good to check ahead for hotels that are pet friendly.
BOATS AND TRAILERS
Know your local and national weather sources and monitor them continuously.
Remove small boats from the water and move them to a secure location. Boats and trailers should be moved above likely flood areas.
Remove all loose items and valuables. Ensure that the boat is tied securely to the trailer.
If your boat is too large to be removed from the water, move it to a safe haven before the storm approaches.
Local marinas can inform you where safe havens in your area may be.
Talk about the type of hazards that could affect your family. Know your home's vulnerability to storm surge, flooding, and wind.
Check insurance coverage - flood damage is not usually covered by homeowner's insurance.
Learn the evacuation routes and the locations of official shelters.
Teach children how and when to dial 911 and where to tune in for emergency information.
Develop a communication plan in case family members are separated during a storm.
Notify neighbors and an out-of-state friend or family member of your evacuation plans.
Keep your vehicle fueled up and serviced.
It's always a good idea to have extra cash on hand in case power is out and cash machines are not working.
Also, carry along cell phone chargers and if possible purchase a charger that can be used while in a vehicle.