Secure your property by tying down any freestanding outdoor items.
Reinforce your windows and garage doors.
Trim trees and shrubs to improve their wind resistance.
Locate your important records (such as passports, birth certificates and insurance documents), secure them in a waterproof container, and have them ready to go.
Check your tires (including your spare) to make sure they are properly inflated.
Fill up your gas tank and check all fluid levels.
Make sure your windshield wipers are in good shape. The blades should completely clear the glass with each swipe. Replace any blade that leaves streaks or misses spots.
Pack an emergency kit in your vehicle, which includes a flashlight with extra batteries; a first-aid kit; drinking water; mobile phone and car charger; extra snacks/food for your travelers and any pets; battery booster cables; and emergency flares or reflectors.
Map your family’s evacuation route and have your emergency plan in place.
Evacuate as soon as it is recommended. Use the evacuation plan you’ve already prepared, leave early and during daylight hours.
Have a communications plan. Decide how you will contact family during a storm. Have every family member program emergency contacts into their phones. Come up with a predetermined meeting place and designate an out-of-state contact who can relay messages to family members in case local phone lines are down or overloaded.