Hurricane Tips for Travelers

Travelers need to be alert to severe weather conditions

While many vacationers are oblivious to weather reports, it is essential to be vigilant and well-prepared when severe weather is threatened, whether at home or away. 

Hurricane Tips for Travelers

Here are some hurricane tips for travelers:

Hurricane tips: Before you go

  • Hurricanes often come with little or no warning. If you are traveling to a hurricane-prone area during “season,” consider travel insurance. Because trip cancellation policies are usually contingent on unforeseeable events, you need to purchase the policy before any warning is issued.
  • Check with your hotel, resort or airline carrier about cancellation and refund policies in the event of a hurricane. Many carriers, although not all, waive change fees in extreme weather conditions.
  • Be sure your family or close friends know your vacation plans.
  • Always travel with a small flashlight, a battery-powered radio, a cell phone, and extra batteries.
  • Pack your medications in waterproof containers and keep important travel papers, such as passports, in plastic bags.
  • Have some cash on hand because banks and ATMs may not be accessible.
  • Be sure to pay attention to weather warnings.

Hurricane Tips: After you arrive

  • If you’re staying at a hotel or resort, inquire about how you will get local alerts or warnings while there, especially during a power outage.
  • Familiarize yourself with the property’s emergency plans for evacuation, including alternate building exits. Find out whether there are any temporary shelter arrangements, should they be required.
  • Use maps to learn community hurricane evacuation routes and find out how to reach higher ground. Determine where you would go and how you would get there, if necessary.
  • If you rent a car, keep your gas tank topped off if an evacuation seems likely.

Hurricane tips after a hurricane hits

  • Don’t take risks by waiting until the last minute to evacuate, or you may find yourself trapped.
  • Follow recommended evacuation routes, even when highly trafficked. You may run into difficulties taking shortcuts.
  • Be alert to storm-related road hazards, especially flooding.
  • If you need to wait out a storm at your destination, be sure it is truly over before you attempt to leave. You may be in the calm “eye” of the storm.

For hurricane updates, the National Weather Service is a helpful resource.

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