Emergency & Storm Preparation Tips
Two keys to weather safety are to prepare for
the risks and to act on
those preparations when alerted by emergency
officials. These are essential pieces to the Weather-Ready
Refer to the Federal Emergency Management Agency's
(FEMA) Ready.gov/hurricanes for
comprehensive information on hurricane preparedness
at home and in your community.
Some highlights on how to prepare and take action
are available below:
Know if you live in an evacuation area. Assess your
risks and know your home's vulnerability to storm
surge,flooding and wind.
Understand National Weather Service forecast
products and especially the meaning of NWSwatches
Contact your local National Weather Service office
and local government/emergency management office. Find
out what type of emergencies could occur and
how you should respond.
Keep a list of contact information for reference.
Local Emergency Management Office
- County Law Enforcement
- County Public Safety Fire/Rescue
- State, County and City/Town Government
- Local Hospitals
- Local Utilities
- Local American Red Cross
- Local TV Stations
- Local Radio Stations
- Your Property Insurance Agent
Online hazard and vulnerability assessment tools are
available to gather information about your risks.
Everyone needs to be prepared for the unexpected.
Your friends and family may not be together when
disaster strikes. How will you find each other? Will
you know if your children or parents are safe? You
may have to evacuate or be confined to your home.
What will you do if water, gas, electricity or phone
services are shut off?
Put together a basic
disaster supplies kit and
locations for different situations. Help
community members do the same.
Develop and document plans for your specific risks.
Health & Environment
Follow guidelines to guard your community's health
and protect the environment during and after the
- Review the FEMA
Evacuation Guidelines to
allow for enough time to pack and inform friends
and family if you need to leave your home.
FOLLOW instructions issued by local officials.
Leave immediately if ordered!
- Consider your
protection options to
decide whether to stay or evacuate your home if
you are not ordered to evacuate.
When waiting out a storm be careful, the danger may
not be over yet...
Be alert for:
- Tornadoes – they are often spawned by
- The calm "eye" of the storm – it may seem
like the storm is over, but after the eye
passes, the winds will change direction and
quickly return to hurricane force.
Emergency Telephone Calls During a Storm
From a Land Line in the USVI
From a Cell Phone in
|St. Thomas/St. John
& Water Island