National Hurricane Center spokesman Dennis Feltgen recommends putting up your hurricane shutters when a hurricane watch is issued for your area.
A hurricane watch means that hurricane conditions are expected to begin in 48 hours. A hurricane warning is when hurricane conditions are expected in 36 hours.
Until a watch is issued, Feltgen said people should be taking inventory of their supplies and going over their hurricane plans, including finding out if they are in an evacuation zone.
James Franklin, chief of the NHC’s hurricane specialists, unit said earlier this year that he would put his own shutters up when the wind storm probability map showed there was a 5 to 10 percent chance of hurricane force winds hitting his home.
“You can’t wait until the probabilities are 40 to 50 percent,” he said. “The consequences of not doing something are too great.”