Be prepared for emergencies. Know what to do before, during and after the storm.


Heed watches, warnings and evacuations. If you are ordered to evacuate, do so immediately.

Prepare an emergency kit in the event you have to leave your home. Make sure all of your family members have a contingency plan in case you are separated from one another.


Stay close to the TV or radio for information updates about the storm and follow emergency orders closely. If advised, turn off any propane tanks and any other utilities.

Fill bathtubs and other large containers with water to ensure a safe water supply.

Stay inside and away from windows and doors – a small interior room, closet or hallway on the lowest level is the best option.


Stay informed about further weather updates, especially rain, which can cause flooding.

Keep an eye out for downed electrical lines. If you see any, report them right away.

Drive only if necessary. Stay away from flooded thoroughfares.

If you require a generator, do not run it from inside your home or an enclosed space as carbon monoxide can accumulate dangerously.