Get ready for a hurricane

What to do well ahead of the storm

• Locate a safe room or the safest areas in your home for each
hurricane hazard. In certain circumstances the safest areas may not be
your home but within the community.

• Determine escape routes and places to meet.

• Have an out-of-state friend as a family contact.

• Have a plan for pets in case an evacuation is ordered.

• Keep emergency telephone numbers by the phone; make sure children
know how and when to call 911.

• Check insurance coverage — flood damage is not usually covered by
homeowners insurance.

• Stock non-perishable emergency supplies and a Disaster Supply Kit.

• Make sure you have an NOAA weather radio, and remember to replace
its battery every six months.

• Take first aid, CPR and disaster preparedness classes.

• Make plans to secure property. Permanent storm shutters offer the
best protection for windows. Another option: Board up windows with
plywood that is cut to fit and ready to install. Do not
tape windows.

• Install straps or additional clips to securely fasten the roof to
the frame structure. This will reduce roof damage.
What to do when the storm is coming

• Most important: Listen to the radio or TV for information.

• If someone in your home depends on electric-powered, life-sustaining
equipment, review your family emergency plan for backup power or make
arrangements to evacuate.

  • Click here for an emergency check list for your pets.

• Turn off all swimming pool pumps and filters and wrap them in
waterproof materials.

• Turn off and unplug any unnecessary electrical equipment.

• Secure your home, close storm shutters, secure outdoor objects or
bring them indoors.

• Turn off utilities if instructed to do so. Otherwise, turn the
refrigerator and freezer to the coldest settings ahead of time to keep
food fresh longer in the event of a power outage.

• Turn off propane tanks.

• Ensure a supply of water for sanitary purposes, such as cleaning and
flushing toilets. Fill the bathtub and other large containers with water.
What to do during the storm
• Go to your safe room — a small interior room, closet or hallway on
the lowest level.

• Stay indoors and away from windows and glass doors.

• Close all interior doors. Secure and brace all external doors.

• Keep curtains and blinds closed. Remember that a “lull” might be
the eye of the storm; winds could pick up again.

• If the roof begins to leak or rain blows in around doors and
windows, do not go outside to repair damage during the storm.

After the storm
• Watch for downed power lines that are still live.

• Don’t strike matches until you are sure no gas is leaking.

• Look out for broken glass, nails and other sharp debris.

• Snakes and other dangerous animals could be on the loose.

• Do not use water until the local water utility, through the media,
says it is safe to do so. Use only bottled or disinfected water.

• If your home is damaged, be aware that it still may collapse.

• Be on the lookout for possible looters.

• Avoid driving: Roads may be littered with debris and traffic lights
may not be working.

Disinfecting water
Boil at rolling boil for 10 minutes, let cool, add a pinch of salt for
taste, and then pour the water back and forth between clean containers
to reduce flat taste.

Chlorination: Use unscented liquid chloride bleach, add eight drops to
each gallon of water, and then stir and let stand for 30 minutes. If
water does not have slight chlorine odor, repeat the dosage and let
stand for 15 minutes.

Chlorine or iodine tablets: Follow directions on the package, but if
directions are not given use one tablet for each quart of water. Make
sure the tablet dissolves and mix thoroughly. Let stand for 30 minutes.

Liquid iodine: Add five drops of 2 percent iodine to each quart of clear
water, for cloudy water, add 10 drops of 2 percent iodine to each quart
of water. Mix thoroughly and let stand for 30 minutes.
Public information lines:

• American Red Cross: 352-376-4669.

• Salvation Army: 732-8326.

• The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): 1-800-621-3362 or
1-800-462-7585 (TTY for hearing-impaired)

• For social service assistance: 211 (United Way help line.)

In case of power outages:
City of Ocala: 351-6666
SECO: 237-4107
Duke Energy: 1-800-228-8485
GRU – 352-334-2871
Withlacoochee River Electric: 795-4382
Emergency numbers:
Marion County Emergency 352-622-3205
Alachua County Emergency 352-264-6500
Gilchrist County Emergency 352-463-3198
Levy County Emergency 352-486-5213
Dixie County Emergency 352-498-1240
Marion County Sheriff Non-Emergency Questions 352-369-6807
Alachua County Sheriff Non-Emergency Questions 352-955-1818
Gilchrist County Non-Emergency Questions 352-463-3410
Levy County Non-Emergency Questions 352-486-5111
Dixie County Non-Emergency Questions 352-498-1231

Florida Highway Patrol 800-395-8248
Florida Highway Patrol Marion County 352-732-1260
Florida Highway Patrol Alachua County 352-955-1960
Florida Highway Patrol Gilchrist County 352-498-1374
Florida Highway Patrol Levy County 352-498-1374
Florida Highway Patrol Dixie County 352-498-1374
Marion County Sheriff’s Office 352-732-9111
Alachua County Sheriff’s Office 352-367-4000
Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office 352-463-3410
Levy County Sheriff’s Office 352-486-5111
Dixie County Sheriff’s Office 352-498-1220
Helpful websites:

• Florida Division of Emergency Management: www.floridadisaster.org.

• National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: www.noaa.gov.

• National Hurricane Center: www.nhc.noaa.gov.

• Florida Department of Financial Services: www.myfloridacfo.com.

• The National Hurricane Survival Initiative: www.hurricanesafety.org

• American Red Cross: www.redcross.org.