Hurricane Preparation

hurricane destruction
Condos destroyed by Hurricane Ivan on Orange Beach.
bridge destruction
I-10 bridge sections destroyed east of Pensacola after Hurricane Ivan’s storm surge.

We are in hurricane territory along the Gulf Coast. Make no mistake, this is where tropical storms visit and we’ve all got to be prepared. Is your home in order? Do you have a list of all of your possessions? Do you know when to leave and where to go when a hurricane gets close? Get 10 things to be prepared for an emergency.

Using the links below, you’ll find surge maps, evacuation zones, and evacuation routes for central Gulf coast coastal counties. The effects of tropical storms and hurricanes extend inland so we all need to plan ahead. Know your evacuation zone. If you have a white pages or yellow pages phone book, you’ll usually find good information there on preparing for tropical trouble.

Mississippi Department of Transportation Hurricane Evacuation

Alabama Department of Transportation Hurricane Evacuation

Florida Department of Transportation Hurricane Evacuation

Jackson County Emergency Management
228 769-3111

George County Emergency Management
601 947-7557

Mobile County Emergency Management
251 460-8000

Washington County Emergency Management
251 847-2668

Clarke County Emergency Management
251 275-8775

Monroe County Emergency Management
251 743-3259

Conecuh County Emergency Management
251 578-5911

Escambia County, AL, Emergency Management

251 867-0232

Baldwin County Emergency Management

251 972-6807 (South Baldwin)
251 937-0317 (North Baldwin)
251 990-4605 (Eastern Shore)

Escambia County, FL, Division of Emergency Management
850 471-6400

Santa Rosa County Emergency Management

850 983-5360

Okaloosa County Emergency Management
850 651-7150

hurricane view from space station
International Space Station view of Hurricane Irene.

The ABC’s of Hurricane Preparedness
Assemble a disaster supplies kit.
Batteries, batteries, batteries. Battery-powered radio and flashlight.
Canned Food (non perishable food) and a manual can opener. Cash and credit cards. Charcoal for grills.
Diapers, formula and infant items.
Elderly people have special needs.
First aid kit and essential medications.
Gas – fill your car’s gas tank. Also fill your gas grill or portable stove for alternative cooking devices.
Home – secure your home before the storm threatens (plywood, shutters, and/or protective window film, plastic sheeting, nails, etc.)
Identify ahead of time where you could go if you are told to evacuate.
June 1 – November 30 hurricane season lasts six months.
Keep handy the telephone numbers of several places – a friend’s home in another town, a motel, or a shelter.
Listen to NOAA Weather Radio or local radio or TV stations for evacuation instructions.
Medications – bring extra supplies and a list of what you’re taking.
Never use candles – they are a fire hazard.
Outdoor objects such as lawn furniture, toys, and garden tools need to be brought inside.
Pets are not allowed in Red Cross shelters. Have a plan for your family pet.
Quiet games, books, playing cards and favorite toys for children.
Refrigerator – turn refrigerator and freezer to coldest settings. Open only when absolutely necessary and close quickly.
Sleeping bags, blankets, pillows to use at the shelter or if you must evacuate.
Tornadoes can happen during a hurricane and after it passes over.
Utilities – Teach family members how and when to turn off gas, electricity, and water.
Valuables – store valuables and personal papers in a waterproof container on the highest level of your home.
Water – at least three gallons of water per person. Fill your own clean jugs, you don’t have to buy water!
Xtra everything – medications, batteries, cash, water, gas.
Yard – Bring in outdoor objects such as lawn furniture, toys, and garden tools
Ziplock bags – keep important phone numbers, medical and pet information, and important papers in a zipper lock bag.

hurricane in Gulf
Hurricane Isaac satellite view in Gulf of Mexico.

The Florida Department of Financial Services excellent information on insurance against storms for all of us consumers, in any state. There’s a wealth of other information on in the Weather Education section and from NOAA. You can download a hurricane tracking chart, or other hurricane booklets like a complete Hurricane Guide that’s great for teachers and kids.


American National Red Cross

National Hurricane Center

National Weather Service – Mobile

Federal Alliance for Safe Homes

Institutue for Disaster Safety

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