If possible, move to a safe area before the storm hits.
Develop a Family Plan with your household members that outlines what to do, how to find each other, and how to communicate, evacuation routes, meeting point, etc.
Monitor weather conditions: Stay alert to weather reports and conditions over a few days and pay attention to any instructions from local authorities.
Contacts: Keep emergency contact numbers with you including family members, neighbors, friends, etc.
Secure important documents especially those you may need to get through the emergency (insurance papers, account numbers, etc.)
Secure loose objects in your yard, on your deck, roof, etc.
Close and lock windows and doors.
Tape & secure any exposed glass surfaces.
Prepare a "Go Bag" that will contain necessary items without requiring time to gather them at the last minute.
Keep on hand non-perishable food which can be eaten without cooking (canned foods, cereals, etc.) …minimum for 3 days.
Keep an ample supply of bottled drinking water.
Check flashlights or emergency lights that they are in working condition, and an ample supply of functional batteries.
Keep a battery operated radio on hand.
Keep cell phones charged and have handy a car lighter adapter.
Fill your bathtub with water for flushing the toilet.
Gas up your car. (If electrical power is off, service stations may not be able to operate pumps.) A car can serve as an emergency generator for lighting and charging some batteries – keep adaptors in the car.
Prepare appropriate emergency supplies to sustain yourself and your family for a few days (recommended three day supplies) if the storm's path becomes more evident of impacting your area.
Credit Cards, ATM’s could have NO power.
Semper Fi, Nick E. for the Association of Retired Hispanic Police, Inc.