How to Prepare For a Hurricane

It’s official, hurricane season has started. We want to make sure our students are safe and prepared if a hurricane strikes. Many of you come from out of state or are living alone for the first time and may not know what to do in the event of a bad storm. So, we thought we would share some information on how best to prepare in the incidence of a hurricane.

Step 1: Have a plan

Hurricane Checklist

Whether you plan on sticking it out through the storm or you prefer to visit friends or family in another state, the first step in staying safe is to have a plan of action. Know what needs to be done ahead of time so that you can get ready in an organized manner with plenty of time to finish everything that needs to be done before a storm is even announced. Be sure to buy your ticket on time if you plan on flying out, leave before evacuation traffic gets bad, or if you plan on staying home be sure to prepare your house with the necessary safety measures that need to be taken, including getting enough food and water. Check out the link below to find your county’s safety shelters information. It’s a good idea to be familiar with the resources in your area in case you ever need to use them.

Florida Hurricane Shelters by County

Step 2: Buy your supplies

Hurricane supplies

It’s always a good idea to have a few supplies in your home in case of an emergency, but it’s very likely that in the case of a major storm you will need to get more. If you’ve ever been through a hurricane in the past you know how fast essentials like water and flashlights sell out. Having some necessities stored away at home is a good way of ensuring you have enough before everything sells out. We've included a PDF from the Red Cross below, we encourage you to download it to keep on your phone or computer to have in case of a storm.

Hurricane Safety Checklist (PDF)

Step 3: Prepare your home

Boarding up windows

There are a lot of precautions you can take when it comes to preparing your home for a hurricane. Many people tie down roofs and even trees that could possibly fall on houses. Boarding up the doors and windows as well as stacking sand bags around your home are all safety precautions that can be taken if necessary. Filling your car with gas is also an important prep step, you will want to be ready in case of a last-minute emergency evacuation or wherever you may need to go after the storm.

Step 4: Have a communication plan

Hurricane Checklist

In any natural disaster, communication is often compromised and can leave people stranded with no way to reach help. Having a backup communication plan with your family and safety resources is very important. Check out this article we found that explains a few apps that are available to help you communicate without Wi-Fi or a service connection in the incidence of a natural disaster.

Emergency Apps You Can Use Without Wi-Fi During A Disaster

These are just a few steps to help you get started in preparing for a hurricane. As always, be sure to pay attention to local weather alerts over the coming months to make sure you’re not caught off guard. Most importantly, we encourage you to prepare early. Don’t wait until a hurricane is already on its way to try and get your supplies and evacuation plan ready last-minute. Store shelves will clear out quickly once a storm has been announced.

In the event of a storm, ADU’s emergency alert system will keep students informed of school closings through phone calls, texts, and emails. Be sure to also follow ADU’s social media pages for fast updates. You can also find more information in case of a storm on the ADU website.

Be safe and be ready this hurricane season!