Here are some tips and websites to help keep your home and family safe.

By Coastal Living
View from space of Hurricane Irene
Photo courtesy of NASA

Designate specific meeting locations, emergency contacts, and procedures and make sure everyone in your household is aware of those plans.

Use the following checklists and plans to get started:
American Red Cross Hurricane Safety Checklist Family Emergency Plan
National Hurricane Center’s Hurricane Preparedness Plan

Organize a supply kit that includes essentials like food, clothing, water, a flashlight, and a radio. Be sure to include items specific to your family like medications and copies of important documents. Keep your kit updated and located somewhere where you can easily access it.

For a list of kit essentials, visit:
National Hurricane Center's Disaster Supply Kit
Build a Kit from
Are You Ready? PDF from FEMA 

Consider which parts of your home are most susceptible to storm damage. Secure any items that cannot sustain high winds and reinforce fragile components like windows.

Learn how to weatherproof your home:
How to Board Up Windows ('s Guide to Insurance 

Be aware of current storm systems. Listen closely to local officials and weather services for updated news and instructions on evacuation efforts.

Here are some helpful websites and tools:
National Hurricane Center
CNN Hurricane Tracker
Local Conditions on The Weather Channel