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To be prepared for hurricane season, here are some helpful links to information resources to keep you, your family and your home safe. 


Helpful Guides

Below, you'll find some helpful tips to stay prepared before, during and after a storm. 

Before the Storm

  • Make sure CHELCO has your contact information on file, such as phone numbers, address and email.
  • Assemble an emergency kit and plan. CLICK HERE to see what your kit should include. 
  • Know the elevation of your property and whether the land is flood-prone.
  • Cover all windows with either storm shutters or boards, clear loose and clogged gutters and bring outdoor furniture inside. 
  • Learn your community's hurricane evacuation routes, and keep enough gas in your vehicle to evacuate if necessary. 

During the Storm

  • Listen to the radio or TV for information, if possible. 
  • Avoid using the phone, unless there is an emergency. 
  • Turn off utilities if instructed to do so. Otherwise, keep the refrigerator thermostat on the coldest setting and keep the doors closed. 
  • Remember to "Run from Water" and "Hide from Wind." Evacuate if you are in a flood-prone area, and take shelter in a secure, windowless room when hurricane-force winds are impacting your area. 

After the Storm

  • Be aware of lines or cables lying on the ground. Always treat downed lines as if they are live and dangerous. 
  • Dial 911 or call any CHELCO office to report downed lines. 
  • Drive only if necessary and avoid flooded roads. Watch out for fallen objects, downed power lines and weakened walls, bridges or sidewalks. 
  • Never use a generator inside the home, garage, crawlspace, shed or similar area.  High levels of carbon monoxide can quickly become toxic.