In the event of an evacuation being ordered by the Stone Harbor Office of Emergency Management, you should make sure your home is prepared for an extended absence. The first steps in preparation are simple. Move any outdoor and patio furniture (umbrellas, chairs, etc.) inside as they may become airborne projectiles when subject to high winds. If these objects remain outside, they could pose a safety hazard to yourself and others. In addition, any outdoor items such as bikes and barbeque grills should be placed in an indoor location. It is very important to secure your home, garage, and shed by locking all doors and windows to ensure that your property is safe if you are absent for an extended period of time.

The next step to preparing your home in the event of an evacuation is to safely address all utilities including gas, water, and electricity. Please visit the following link to learn about the safe shutoff of utilities in the event of an evacuation.

Safety Skills ~ Know How to Shut Off Utilities