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During the hurricane

If you are unable to evacuate before the hurricane hits, stay inside. Do not be fooled by the eye of the hurricane and its temporary period of peaceful weather conditions. The length of time within the eye varies from several minutes to a couple of hours, depending on the size of the storm. The larger and more intense the hurricane, the larger the eye.

Stay away from windows and glass doors. You could be struck by flying debris.

Continue to listen to your radio or television for hurricane updates and emergency information

After the hurricane


Local authorities will announce when it is safe to return to your home.  Stay tuned to local stations for current information.  When you get home:

  • Look for visible structural damage before you go inside. Watch for loose or dangling electrical power lines and broken sewer, water, or gas lines. Notify local officials immediately if you see any.
  • Make sure all electrical outlets and appliances are dry and free of water before using them.
  • Do not drink water from the faucet until officially notified that it is safe from contamination. Use your emergency supply or boil tap water before drinking it.
  • Without electricity, food in your refrigerator could spoil in a few hours. Don't eat it. Food in a freezer could partially thaw, but could be safe to eat for several days. Food should not be refrozen once it begins to thaw.
  • Snakes, animals, and insects instinctively travel inland to higher ground to escape approaching flood waters. Expect them and be prepared to protect yourself. 

Careful planning and quick response to a hurricane threat will reduce damage in your home and could save your life. Most importantly, you must evacuate if you are told to do so by local officials. Material possessions are replaceable, you life is not.

Take action now to be better prepared for hurricane season.

If you have questions, call the Jackson County Emergency Management Office at (850) 718-0007

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