How to Prepare for a Hurricane

As Hurricane Ian continues to strengthen and inch closer and closer by the minute, we are reminded that Florida isn't always the "Sunshine" state.

Did you know that hurricane season isn't just a Florida or Gulf event? The hurricane season for the Eastern Pacific is from May 15 to November 30. The Atlantic and Central Pacific hurricane seasons both start on June 1 and end November 30.


When preparing for a hurricane, don't forget to:

  • Identify your evacuation routes and emergency plan.

  • Make sure you have non-perishable food and beverage items on hand. Some helpful examples may be found here.

  • Stay up-to-date on local weather updates.

  • Make sure your cell phone is charged.

  • Remove boats and watercrafts from waterways.

  • Never enter flood waters by vehicle or on foot.

  • Find a more comprehensive list on Ready.gov.


What is the difference between a watch and warning? What is the difference between an advisory and active emergency?


  • Advisory: Widespread impacts are not expected. Forecasted or current weather is occurring.

  • Watch: Stay alert. Dangerous weather has been forecasted and widespread impacts are anticipated.

  • Warning: Watch out. Severe weather poses an immediate danger.

  • Emergency: Seek shelter immediately. Catastrophic danger exists.


We can all work together before hurricanes are even on the horizon by reporting clogged stormwater drains, implementing safety plans, and ensuring community preparedness.