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Posted on: May 25, 2023

Hurricane Season Begins June 1


Hurricane Season begins June 1, and now is the time to make sure you and your family are ready in case there is an emergency!  Here are a few helpful tips to help you get started.

Stay informed and get connected
One of the most important steps you need to take prior to hurricane season is to ensure you have a way to receive important updates regarding severe weather before, during and after the storm. Make sure you are following your local news and weather authorities for accurate updates.

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Obtain a Hurricane Re-Entry Pass
It is critical to have a current Hurricane Re-Entry Pass BEFORE hurricane season begins. In the event of an emergency where areas of Gulf Shores are evacuated, these decals serve to identify those who should be allowed into a restricted area(s) at the appropriate time. In accordance with the City of Gulf Shores Resolution 5642-16, once a Hurricane Warning has been issued for the Gulf Shores Area, re-entry decals are no longer distributed to any residents, businesses, or other entities. For more information on obtaining a hurricane decal, visit

Evacuation Plan
In the event we have a hurricane and an evacuation is mandated, you and your family must have a plan. Your plan should include where you are going, how you are going to get there, and how long it should take. For more information on evacuation plans, visit

Gather Supplies
The first 72 hours after a storm are on you. This means that after an emergency strikes, support and resources may be available right away. Every home needs an emergency kit with a three-day (72 hours) supply of food, water, and other basic needs. Consider the unique needs of your family, such as supplies for pets or medication for seniors. For a list of recommended supplies for your emergency bag,, visit 

Prepare your Property
  • There are several steps you can take around your home to help protect it from the effects of hurricanes:  
  • Trim trees on your property.
  • Declutter drains and gutters.
  • Bring in any outside objects (furniture, yard tools, etc.) that could become hazardous flying debris.
  • Install hurricane shutters.
  • Most importantly, we ask that if you notice a drainage issue that can possibly cause future flooding, please get in touch with the City of Gulf Shores Public Works Department at 251-968-1156.

We hope these preparedness tips help alleviate some of the stress of hurricane season. For more hurricane preparedness information, please visit

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