I still live here because 1) I have way less Earthquakes than those in the west 2)I have way less tornados than those in the midwest 3)I have way less blizzards and other nasty weather than those in the north and north east 4)some of the worlds best scuba diving is down the street from me and/or a short boat/plane ride away 5)I ate a flamingo.
I know these are not instructions per say.... its more of advice which will hopefully influence the instructions you should have already gotten by moving into a hurricane zone :/
Step 1: Trees
Now is a good time to thin out your tree branches. Or the storm will do it for you and it will probably impale your car in spite of it (hey, hurricane's hate the work just as much as you do). Oh, and 2 days before the storm is NOT a good idea. That's like giving a bag full of water balloons to evil 10 year olds and telling them not to throw them at that group of elderly people getting off the bus.
Step 2: Patio Furniture
May I also recommend annoying siblings and other people you'd rather not live without power with for more than 3 days....
Step 3: Cars
Step 5: Mailboxes
I personally favor the magical lizard and hibiscus technique. It also doesn't help that your post is an old RAIL ROAD TIE....
Step 6: More on Trees
Step 7: Again with trees and cars
Step 8: Shelters
Build one yourself :D
Step 9: Cars - After the Storm
Also, should a curfew be put into place... DO NOT DRIVE... After Charlie, four students that went to my university died instantly when their motorcycles hit a tree that had fallen into the road. Everyone died instantly....
Saving images like this are kinda interesting :P
Step 10: Transportation - After the storm
It pisses me off to hear that a colleague of mine was riding his bike to work (they had backup power and a/c -- its an engineering firm) and he saw a person in a Hummer2 just driving around... 1 Person!
So ride your bike when the roads are clear, get to know your neighbors....
Step 11: No glove no love....
I kinda wished the animation worked... but you get the idea... be 'safe' :D Unless of course you're looking for an addition :P
Step 12: Alcohol
Once you have made all of your preparations... its time to party... but here is what I follow...
Cat 1 & 2 -- drink like normal... mudslides are traditional in my family for a hurricane.
Cat 3 -- drink a little less... just in case
Cat 4 -- Maybe just one Blue Moon (One of my favorites -- a Citrus based beer :P)
Cat 5 -- you're an idiot to even buy beer... put the money towards pop tarts because that's what you're eating for the next week
The idea is not to panic... If you're given lemons... Make a lemon Grenade launcher. But don't be stupid. 911 response will not work should you decide to do some electrical work with a BAC of .12 :P
Step 13: Parking
But, cars make good blast shields for your house... iono about you, my home is more valuble than my car... And considering that I have two rooms built into my garage (so there's not too much protecting that)... my cars are parked in front of the garage door to provide a wind/debris barrier...
Step 14: Shutters
I also recommend that you buy your concrete anchor screws and drill bits now.
In addition to that, I highly recommend a hammer drill for setting your anchor holes. It goes much faster than a regular drill and tyically it has a setting for hammer or no hammer. The cost is a little bit more, but well worth it IMO.
I personally have metal shutters... I guess they are some sort of steel alloy, I don't know because I left my X-ray spectrometer in my other pants. They are corrugated (gives them higher shear strength) and they are bolted (using wing nuts) into a track that has been anchored into concrete (the track or anchor hole stays there year round).
Oh yeah... when plywood sells out... they move on to particle board/chip board... It's not as strong and you're likely to only get 1 use out of it... so buy early ;)
I don't have a suitable picture... but here's one from the Bravehart (sp?) party :P
Step 15: What to do
I personally just go for a stroll in my $2 thrift store stilts.... held together with electrical tape and a spare bolt pin that's not qutie long enough :P