Bookmark your city or county website on your computer for quick access to storm updates and emergency instructions. You might also want to consider downloading apps for your local television or radio stations to your smart phone.
The City of Jacksonville has a website which allows you to register to be notified of emergencies via phone call or text and an app called “JaxReady” which tells you which zones are currently being evacuated, the weather threat level, whether you are in an Evacuation Zone, and also provides shelter information.
It also provides emergency contact numbers for governmental and disaster relief agencies. If you are outside of Jacksonville, check with your municipality to see if they offer something similar.
Bring any loose, lightweight objects such as patio furniture or garbage cans that could become projectiles in high winds inside.
Cover all of your home’s windows.
Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection. In the alternative, you can board up windows with 5/8” exterior grade or marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install.