Hurricane and Storm Prep: Advice for Boaters and Coastal Residents

Here are some tips and advice on how to prepare for an incoming hurricane:

For Boaters:
There is little that can be done on board once a Category 2 or above hurricane arrives. Make your preparations, EARLY, and seek shelter on shore. Check your insurance for a named storm clause which may pay, at least partially, for hauling expenses.

Here are four things to do BEFORE a storm is on the horizon:
#1. The most important step for an approaching storm is finding the best sheltered option available. If you’re away from your home waters, get local knowledge on the best protection and local storm experience. Don’t delay seeking shelter, whether in the water or on shore. Haul smaller trailerable boats.

#2. Secure a tested mooring, if possible, or, anchor with care and due diligence for the forecast conditions, leaving space to swing for the projected storm’s winds (this is no time to learn how to anchor properly).

#3. Remove windage from the boat, especially roller-furling headsails (a prime cause of boat damage), dodgers, and biminis.

#4. Add chafing gear to mooring pennants, anchor rodes, and dock lines at chock areas.

NEVER try and wait out a storm on a boat – seek shelter onshore.

For those on the coast:

#1. Stay informed. Local radio stations and NOAA are some of the sources you can use to stay connected to what is going on, as things can change fast.

#2. Be prepared to evacuate – have a “go-bag'” and know your local evacuation plan.

#3. Stock emergency supplies, non-perishable food, drinkable water and a first-aid kit should be top of your list.

#4. Protect your property by installing sewer backflow valves, anchoring fuel tanks, reviewing insurance policies, and cataloging belongings

#5. Collect and safeguard critical financial, medical, educational, and legal documents and records.

Useful Links: – National Weather Service… – in-depth hurricane information for before, during and after a storm.