When a Hurricane Watch is Issued for Your Area
A hurricane watch is issued for a coastal area when there is a threat of hurricane conditions within 24 - 36 hours. When you hear the announcement, you should:
___Stay tuned to you LOCAL radio or TV station for bulletins.
___Ensure vehicle gas tanks are full.
___Moor small craft or move to safe shelter. Small boat trailers should be tied down securely, with boats lashed to trailers and filled with water.
___Check supplies of medications and drugs.
___Lower TV and radio antennas to avoid contact with electrical wires.
___Secure furniture, garbage cans, and other loose items outside.
___Check mobile home tie-downs.
___Tape, board and shutter windows to prevent shattering.
___Obtain tools and materials for emergency home repairs.
___Wedge sliding glass doors to prevent their lifting from their tracks.
___Ensure batteries for portable radio and flashlights are fresh.
___Spare bulbs for flashlights.
___Stock up on canned provisions and non-perishable foods. Don't forget non-electric can openers.