How to Prepare for a Hurricane

Long Island and southern New England are preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Henri this weekend.

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How to prepare before, during and after a hurricane.

Covering the windows at Salty’s Clam Shack in Westerly, R.I., in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Henri.Credit…CJ Gunther/EPA, via Shutterstock

Aug. 21, 2021Updated 4:15 p.m. ET

Hurricane Henri strengthened on Saturday and was expected to make landfall on Long Island or southern New England on Sunday, bringing heavy rain, potential flooding and a dangerous storm surge.

Here’s how to prepare for a hurricane or tropical storm:

Before the storm

Ahead of a storm, the Federal Emergency Management Agency recommends signing up for local weather alerts and learning evacuation routes.

In the event of a power loss, the National Weather Service suggests having a battery-operated radio for news updates.

The Red Cross suggests preparing an emergency kit with the following items: water (enough for one gallon per person per day), nonperishable food, a flashlight, a first aid kit, a multipurpose tool, hand sanitizer or sanitation wipes, important personal documents, blankets and maps of the area.

FEMA also recommends preparing a “go bag” with essential items, such as medications, and securing important documents, such as financial, medical, school and legal records.

During the storm

During a storm, FEMA suggests staying away from windows in the event of high winds, and seeking shelter on the lowest level of a home in an interior room, such as a closet.

If there is flooding, FEMA says people should seek higher ground. In the event of flooding, the National Weather Service says those driving should never drive through flooded roadways. Two feet of flowing water is enough to float a vehicle.

Residents should heed guidance from local officials, and promptly follow any evacuation orders.

After the storm

Once a storm has passed, the authorities still urge drivers to avoid flooded roadways. Anyone who evacuated should wait to return until local officials say it is safe to do so.

Residents in an area affected by a storm should also avoid drinking tap water unless local officials say it is safe to use.

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