Hurricane Preparedness Guide
We know storms, specifically hurricanes, can be stressful for our residents. We want to help alleviate some of that stress with some actions our residents can do now to prepare for the upcoming hurricane season beginning June 1 and extending through the end of November.
1. Stay informed and connected
One of the most important steps you need to take prior to hurricane season is ensuring you have a way to receive important updates regarding severe weather:
Follow reliable social media channels for important and accurate weather updates:
- US National Weather Service Mobile Alabama
- City of Gulf Shores
- Baldwin County Emergency Management Agency
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2. Obtain a hurricane decal
It is imperative to have a current Hurricane Decal(s) BEFORE hurricane season begins. In the event of an emergency where areas of Gulf Shores are evacuated, these decals serve to identify those who should be allowed into a restricted area(s) at the appropriate time. In accordance to the City of Gulf Shores Resolution 5642-16, once a Hurricane Warning has been issued for the Gulf Shores Area, re-entry decals are no longer distributed to any residents, businesses, or other entities.
For more information on obtaining a hurricane decal, click here.
3. Have a plan!
In the event we have a hurricane, and an evacuation is mandated, it is critical that you and your family have a plan. Your plan should include where you are going, how you are going to get there, and how long it should take. Once you've created your plan, give that plan to family members, friends, and possibly coworkers. If something changes, make sure to notify these individuals. It's important to note that the City of Gulf Shores does not have any shelters. So please plan accordingly.
For more information on evacuation plans, click here.
4. Gather supplies
The first 72 hours after a storm are on you. This means that after an emergency strikes, support and resources may be available right away. Every home needs an emergency kit with a three-day (72 hours) supply of food, water, and other basic needs. Consider the unique needs of your family, such as supplies for pets or medication for seniors.
For a list of recommended supplies for your emergency bag, click here.
5. Prepare your property
There are several steps you can take around your home to help protect it from the effects of hurricanes:
- Trim trees on your property.
- Declutter drains and gutters.
- Bring in any outside objects (furniture, yard tools, etc.) that could become hazardous flying debris.
- Install hurricane shutters.
- Utilize sandbags - The City of Gulf Shores typically offers sand, sand bags, and shovels at various locations during hurricane season.
Most importantly, we ask that if you notice a drainage issue that can possibly cause future flooding, please contact the City of Gulf Shores Public Works Department at 251-968-1156.
We hope these preparedness tips help alleviate some of the stress of hurricane season. For more hurricane preparedness information, please visit www.ready.gov. Take care of your family, have a plan, work your plan, and we will all get through the storms!