Storm Ready - During - Having a Plan
Stay tuned to 99.5 WJBR! An evacuation order may come from local officials and/or the governor and will be broadcast by zone number. Leave early to avoid traffic or early flooding.
Mobile homes and factory-built or pre-fabricated homes are unsafe in hurricane conditions, no matter how firmly they may be attached to the ground. Do not attempt to remain in them during the storm.
High-rise apartments and condos are susceptible to conditions that may cause fires during high winds, when it is impossible to get emergency help. Hurricane winds are stronger at higher elevations.
Red Cross shelters are available for people who have nowhere else to go. Do not go to a shelter until you hear an announcement that it is open. Have a shelter kit packed: first aid kit, medicine, baby food and diapers, cards and books, toiletries, battery-operated radio, flashlight, extra batteries, blankets or sleeping bag, identification, valuable papers (insurance) and cash. The following Red Cross shelters are open:
New Castle County/Wilmington
William Penn High School, 713 E. Basin Rd., New Castle
Middletown High School, 120 Silver Lake Rd., pet friendly
Lake Forest High School, 5407 Killens Pond Rd., Felton, pet friendly
Smyrna High School, 500 Duck Creek Parkway
Beacon Middle School, 1210 Kings Highway, Lewes
Indian River High School, Clayton Ave., Frankford, pet friendly
Milford High School, 381 North St., Milford, pet friendly
Turn off electricity, water and gas, including propane tanks.
Avoid using the phone, except for serious emergencies.
Unplug major appliances.
If you need to evacuate, pack emergency supplies in your vehicle and leave immediately on your preplanned route.
If you are staying at your home, take shelter in a small interior room, closet or hallway on located in the center of your home on the lowest level.
Stay away from windows and exteriors doors.
Keep curtains and blinds closed. Do not be fooled if there is a lull; it could be the eye of the storm - winds will pick up again.
Stay calm; storms can take several hours to pass. Monitor the storm via battery operated radio with 99.5 WJBR weather/traffic/news reports.