Things you can do now to prepare for Mother Nature

Make sure the family vehicles are in good condition.
Inspect and secure mobile home tie downs.
Store shielding materials for all window and door openings.
Create an evacuation plan that includes an out-of-state friend or relative as contact.
Check your supply of batteries and stock up on canned food, first aid supplies, drinking water, and medications.

Tips for when you're in the path of a hurricane or tropical storm

Remember, when a Hurricane or Tropical Storm Watch is issued it means severe weather conditions are likely to occur in that area within the next 36 hours. And, when a Hurricane or Tropical Storm Warning is issued, severe weather conditions are likely to occur in that area within the next 24 hours. Be sure to allow time to buy needed supplies and to prep your house.

Make sure the family car has a full tank of gas.
Ensure you have an extra supply of cash on hand.
Complete preparations. Storm shutters should be installed and all loose objects stored inside.
Stay tuned to WeatherBug, media outlets or NOAA Weather Radio for the latest information.
Be sure to check out the Hurricane Tracker in the Severe Weather section of your WeatherBug desktop application. It has a Tropical Weather Outlook, a list of 2007 storm names and more.
If you are not advised to evacuate, stay indoors, away from windows. Leave mobile homes in all cases.
Be aware that the calm eye is deceptive; the storm is by no means over. The worst part of the storm will occur once the eye passes over and the winds blow from the opposite direction. Trees, shrubs, buildings, and other objects damaged by winds before the eye passes can be broken or destroyed by winds that hit after the eye passes.
Be alert for tornadoes. They can occur during and immediately after a hurricane passes over.
Remain indoors, in the center of your home, in a closet or bathroom without windows.

What should you do if you are asked to evacuate?

Leave in daylight, if possible.
Stay with friends or relatives, at a low-rise inland hotel/motel, or go to a designated public shelter outside a flood zone.
Notify neighbors and a family member outside of the warned area of your evacuation plans.
If you come upon a flooded road, turn around and go another way.
If waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car and climb to higher ground.
Put food and water out for a pet. Public health regulations do not allow pets in public shelters,

What should you bring with you if you are evacuated?

first-aid kit
non-perishable food
baby food and diapers
cards, games, books
battery-powered radio
flashlight (one per person) and extra batteries
blankets or sleeping bags
identification, valuable papers (insurance), and cash