When preparing for a hurricane, make a disaster supply kit that includes a flashlight, first aid supplies, water, non-perishable food and important documents. Make an emergency communication plan outlining where to go during a hurricane and where to meet in case of separation.
Close and board all doors and windows, and fill up gas tanks in vehicles. Turn the fridge and freezer up to the highest settings and keep them closed. This enables the food to last longer in case of power outages.
The Centers for Disease Control recommend placing generators at least 20 feet away from the home to prevent carbon dioxide poisoning. Never ignore an evacuation order, and prepare a list of medical information concerning members of the household.