Hurricane Preparedness

When the weather is calm, we need to make an emergency plan for a hurricane
Hurricane Earl

Lessons Learned

When living in areas that are at risk for hurricanes, it is important to look at previous disasters to gain insight on future disaster preparedness and response efforts. Two major hurricane events in recent history include Hurricane Sandy and Katrina.

Personal Property

The Homeowner’s Handbook to Prepare for Coastal Hazards (pdf) is a valuable tool for preparing one’s home for a hurricane.

Preparedness Resources

The website has extensive information regarding hurricane preparedness. Also, FEMA has a downloadable booklet that is very informative.  


It is important to know the best way to evacuate based on your location. has a map of hurricane evacuation zones in Massachusetts.

Be Prepared

  1. Be sure to sign up for alerts and warnings
    1. Signup for the CodeRed alert notifications
    2. If you are a twitter user, follow @HanoverEMA for real-time updates
  2. Build or restock your basic disaster supplies kit, including food and water, a flashlight, batteries, chargers, cash, first aid supplies, and more
  3. Make an emergency plan
    1. Develop a Family Communication plan
    2. Plan shelter options
    3. Know your evacuation route
  4. If you are in a flood plain you might want to consider buying flood insurance
  5. Familiarize yourself with local emergency plans. Know where to go and how to get there should you need to get to higher ground or to evacuate
    1. Hanover’s emergency shelter is the Hanover High School building. If the shelter is open during an emergency, alerts and updates will be posted on the town web site and alerts will be sent via CodeRed, social media and the Reverse 911 service
  6. Stay tuned to local wireless emergency alerts, TV, or local radio (WATD) for weather updates, emergency instructions, or evacuation orders