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During a Hurricane Watch

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A Hurricane Watch is issued when there is a threat of hurricane conditions within 48 hours.

  • Monitor local media for hurricane progress reports.
  • Secure windows and doors with shutters or shielding materials (visit for more information).
  • Review your evacuation plan. Make sure your route is accessible as some roads may be closed or blocked.
  • Fuel and service your vehicle.
  • Bring in unsecured items, such as outdoor furniture, plants, trash cans, recycling bins, bicycles and toys.
  • Store tap water to use for flushing toilets and cleaning.
  • Store important documents in waterproof containers.
  • Check emergency supplies and stock up on any necessary items, including prescription medications and items for those with special needs.
  • Turn your refrigerator and freezer to the coldest settings. Open only if absolutely necessary and close quickly.
  • Unplug small appliances.
  • Get extra cash (ATMs might be down).
  • Secure boats.
  • Do not put bulk trash or yard waste out during a Hurricane Watch or Hurricane Warning.