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Hurricane Preparedness: What to do in Advance


  • Keep your roofs in good repair.

  • Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.

  • Keep trees and shrubbery trimmed.

  • Identify outdoor items to bring inside.

  • Identify additional items to be anchored/secured.

  • Install permanent hurricane shutters.

  • Buy and store supplies needed to board-up windows and doors.

  • Install anchors for and pre-cut & pre-drill holes in plywood boards so that you can quickly cover windows and sliding glass doors.

  • Brace doors and, where present, garage doors.

  • Review equipment and furnishings to determine which items need to be protected or removed.

  • Identify essential business records that should be removed and determine where to take them.

  • Turn off the electrical power, water, gas, and other utility services to your buildings before evacuating.


  • Determine which employees will be needed to carry out hurricane preparations.

  • Regularly update & distribute contact information.

  • Develop a simple written plan incorporating a set of Hurricane Task Assignments for each staff person.

  • Outline specific tasks which must be performed, how they will be accomplished, and who will perform them.

  • Conduct regular training sessions to outline your hurricane response plan and review task assignments

Recommended Equipment, Materials & Supplies for Management & Maintenance

The following is a list of equipment, materials and supplies needed to prepare for and address possible resultant damage from a hurricane. It’s recommended that you purchase and store these items prior to the hurricane season, as many will likely become unavailable when a hurricane threatens.

  • Several battery-operated radios, including at least one radio on site which can receive National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radio frequencies.

  • Flashlights and other battery-powered lights sufficient to allow essential work to be conducted in the event of power outage.

  • Spare batteries for radios & flashlights.

  • Disaster supply kit with contents for use by management & maintenance employees such as: food, water, manual can opener and other eating utensils, personal hygiene items, first aid kit, rainwear, gloves, and blankets.

  • Tools needed to board up windows and brace doors, including circular or hand saws, drills with appropriate bits, hammers or nail guns, hand or power-driven screwdrivers, and wrenches.

  • Plywood (preferably 5/8 inch thick exterior type) to cover large windows and glass doors.

  • Lumber to brace inward-opening exterior doors and roll-up doors on the inside. Boards should be 2 x 4’s or larger.

  • Tie-down material (rope or chain) for outside furnishings and equipment that can’t be moved.

  • A supply of pre-filled sandbags to prevent water intrusion at doorways in low-lying sections of buildings, if present.

  • Ample supply of brooms, squeegees, mops, and absorbents to remove water.

  • Heavy duty plastic sheeting (4mm thickness or greater), furring strips, and a nail or staple gun for use making expedient roof and window repairs, covering and protect equipment in the event of roof damage or leaks.

  • Small emergency generator to provide the capability to maintain lighting, recharge battery-powered equipment, and provide power to pumps and tools as needed for expedient repairs after the hurricane.

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