- Have some "safe house" options: Knowing hurricanes can veer from their predicted paths, research and identify several different inland locations that could possibly shelter your boat from rising storm surge, rain or wind damage. These could be indoor storage facilities, outdoor storage yards, industrial buildings, or even a friend's garage.
- Location, location, location: The ideal storage location has a higher elevation to avoid flooding from predicted storm surge - the leading cause of hurricane boat damage. It also includes structures built to "hurricane code" and locations far enough inland to take advantage of the weakening of the storm as it travels over land.
- Have spare parts: You don't want to be forced to leave your boat on the side of the road if the trailer breaks down. Now is the time to purchase a spare trailer tire with hub, road hazard/tire repair kit, tire inflator and "bearing bras" that protect the hubs from water intrusion. Make up a trailer boat evacuation kit with water, radio, flashlight, dry food, batteries or anything else you may need if you're stranded.
- Have enough gas: Driving long distances in stop-and-go traffic can eat up gas. Have extra containers (approved for gasoline) available and top them off before you go.
- Leave early: Last minute departures means traffic jams. By being well prepared you can leave early when traffic volume is lower.