Develop a family plan. Determine the safest areas in your home, as well as the nearest shelters. If you have pets, make sure the shelter allows them. Have a pre-arranged meeting place in case of separation, and designate one out-of-state person as the point of contact for everyone.
Stock emergency supplies and non-perishables. Download this handy checklist from Publix to use as a guide. Make sure that all prescription medicines have been refilled, and that you have a back-up plan for storing them in case of extended power outages.
Keep your car topped off with gasoline throughout the season. As a hurricane approaches, the lines at the stations will be long. And after the storm passes, there may not be power to pump the gas.
And to stay up to date on all advisories before, during and after a storm, use a NOAA weather radio. You can also try NOAA’s new Twitter service for advance alerts.