Automobiles and Trucks
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Before the Event

During a weather emergency, such as a hurricane:

  • Keep vehicle in a garage or carport, if available. Otherwise, park close to the building on the side away from the wind. Vans and semi-trailers can be blown over if they are exposed to the full force of the winds.
  • Use a waterproof /padded tarp on the vehicle to protect against saturated drywall and debris falling onto the vehicle.
  • Remove heavy objects from garage shelves and items such as bikes hanging from the ceiling. Place tools and large objects on the floor.
  • Shore up the garage door (the largest opening to the house) using special products, lumber, and/or hardware.
  • Fill fuel tank, if possible. Fuel might not be available for days after an emergency event.
  • Install new windshield wipers.
  • Remove exterior items that may not be permanent such as extra antennas, magnetic signs or any other car accessory that is only mounted temporarily.
  • Have a car charger that will accommodate your cell phone.
  • Have an evacuation map. 
  • Ensure that your battery is fully charged. Dampness after the storm might make your vehicle hard to start. In an extreme emergency, a car radio may be your only source of information. Use this list of local TV stations simulcasting on radio​​.
  • Keep automobile titles and other documents sealed in plastic bags in a safe or large, heavy container that won't get lost.
  • If the vehicle is located in the beach area, tape old blankets or sheets over the windows to prevent blowing sand from pitting them. Fully tape to ensure wind does not get under the covering, and remove tape immediately after a storm to avoid leaving marks on the vehicle.
  • Do not park near a tree that might fall on or break branches over your vehicle.
  • Do not park near power lines that might fall on your vehicle.
  • Do not park between two buildings located very close to each other as wind may funnel through these areas.

Updated April 2017

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