Keep track of the storm with your local news. It is always good to have a small, portable radio, preferably one that you do not have to keep batteries in to keep you informed just in case of a power outage. Hand crank or solar powered radios work great.
If a hurricane is expected to cause flooding in your area it is important to shut off your main power to your home. Make sure you shut off the individual power sources first and then the main power supply to your home.
If a hurricane is expected in your neighborhood shut off your gas with a Gas Shut Off Tool. If you use propane, turn your propane tanks off.
Don't use candles or kerosene lights during a hurricane. Instead use flashlights. Preferably one that the power is self generated or one that does not require batteries.
Do not take a shower or bath during a hurricane.
You should stay indoors during a hurricane and away from glass doors and windows.
Fill your bathtub and other containers with water just in case you will be without water service for some time.
Keep your child informed of what is happening. Communicating with them can help to relieve their stress. Letting your child carry their own safety or Children's Survival Kit will help them to feel more at ease.
Hurricane season in the Atlantic begins June 1st and ends November 30th. The Eastern Pacific hurricane season begins May 15th and also ends November 30th.