Preparing for a Hurricane

Broward Health's emergency preparedness manager, Kelly Keys, MSN, BSN, RN, CHEC III, offers three tips for preparing for the Atlantic hurricane season, which is June 1st to November 30th.

Know the Terms

Learn the difference between a storm watch and a storm warning when it comes to tropical storms and hurricanes. Hurricanes can range from a Category 1, which produces the least damage, to a Category 5, which causes the most devastating damage. Your preparation of your property and person will depend on the severity of the storm and its projected path.


Assess Your Risk

  • Determine if you live in an evacuation zone.
  • Identify whom in your household may need extra care, such an elder or a person with specialized medical needs.
  • Consider if you may need to register for a special needs shelter.


Gather Supplies

  • First aid kit and essential medications for the people and pets in your household.
  • Hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes and masks or facial coverings.
  • Canned food and can opener.
  • At least three gallons of water per person.
  • Protective clothing, rainwear, and bedding or sleeping bags.
  • Battery-powered radio, flashlight, and extra batteries.
  • Special items for infants, elderly or family members with disabilities.
  • Written instructions on how to turn off electricity, gas and water if authorities advise you to do so. (Remember, you'll need a professional to turn them back on.)

  For more information about how to prepare for a hurricane, visit Broward County Emergency Management.