How to Prepare for Severe Weather at Last Minute

Hurricane winds blowing palm trees

Here are some tips on what to do in a short time to keep your family and home safe if you’re caught unprepared by an approaching hurricane or tropical storm.

  • Secure Outdoor Furniture: Loose items in your yard can become flying projectiles during a hurricane due to high winds. Move any unsecured items in your yard – including patio furniture, lawn chairs, bird feeders, hanging plants, and toys – inside your house or garage if possible. If you can’t move outdoor item in, use a strong rope or garden hose to tie them securely down.
  • Move Cars to Safety: Cars are often damaged or destroyed by falling trees or windblown debris during a hurricane. If you have a garage, park your cars in it and close the garage door. If not, position cars close to your home on the lee side of expected winds and away from trees to provide some shielding from the storm. Avoid parking cars near power lines or trees.
  • Find Utility Cutoffs: Identify the cutoff switches and valves for your water, power, and gas; and know how to turn them off in case of an emergency. Severe damage to your home from a hurricane can cause a short or power surge in your electrical system, and may also result in ruptured water or gas lines. Cutoffs for water and gas are usually located at or near the meter for each utility. To turn off the power to your home, flip the main breaker in your circuit breaker box.


  1. Looking for tips regarding loose bricks and other landscaping stones that are in and around my yard. Should they all be picked up and put inside or are they ok low to the ground? My guestion is I suppose too spa if I’m for the great wide web, I’m not getting any answers. HELP!

  2. What do I do about the air that goes into the storage spaces in the ceiling? How do I secure them, they go flying around in heavy winds I can’t imagine what it would do in a hurricane!

  3. In case any one else is asking the same question Alice askes about the bricks in the yard. We live in Florida, and don’t know anyone who takes in bricks or stepping stones before a Hurricane. Our house has had direct hits from Jeannie, Francis and Irma. None of the times the bricks, or landscape pavers budged an inch. Trees came down though. Air conditioner flew across the yard. Roof shingles came off. But, the pavers stayed in the ground.


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