Having been through hurricanes Ike and Rita, evacuated for hurricane Andrew, and having worked an evacuee shelter for hurricane Katrina, I am here to answer your questions.
People that have been through a hurricane are welcome to help answer questions.
Have at least 1 week of food and water for every person in your group
Evacuate low lying areas
LED flashlights are better then old style bulbed flashlights
Buy lithium batteries
Buy LED flashlights with long battery life and low lumens for inside the house
Candles and kids do not mix
Secure important papers
Do not forget about pets
Take hurricanes seriously, they are nothing to play with
Make sure your laundry is caught up beforehand. Cook any raw food (eggs, meat) and amen on the thermos -- make a pot of coffee or tea before the power goes. It will be hot the next morning, and I"m here to tell you, you will be grateful for it.
Oh I had a good stand of trees between me and Katrina all right. The only problem was, a lot of them ended up in my street and on my house. The biggest one that came down missed my car in the garage by only a few feet. And as for that mile or two off the water part . . .