If you don't have
a garage, do not purchase a new car the day before a hurricane
is due to strike. I did this once, and I had a very sleepless
night of it. Bad, bad idea.
Gas up - Do
this well before the storm hits. You don't want to be waiting
in a long line when it's time to evacuate, or standing
in the rain to fill the tank. If evacuating, keep in mind
you may be caught in heavy traffic - check the oil, tires,
water, spare tire, etc.
<<< SideNote: Before
hurricanes Frances and Jeanne, local gas stations ran
out of gas two days before the storm and gas was not
available for several more days after the storms had
passed. Gas up early! >>>
Amazingly, with trees coming
down in all directions, my car was untouched
When putting away the loose items from the yard, leave
room in the garage for the car.
Pack - If
it looks like you might need to evacuate, pack the car
as soon as reasonably possible. This is another thing you
don't want to be doing in the rain. If taking a pet with
you, get its kennel or cage and supplies packed, too.
Auto club membership, insurance... just in case your house
is blown away, take whatever documentation you may need
either on your trip or to put in a claim on your car.