a.) Make arrangements to stay with an out of town friend or relative (at least 100 miles farther inland), and make him/her the contact person in case your family members get separated. Be certain your family knows the name, address, and phone number of this contact person.b.) Be familiar with at least two ways from your residence to New Castle County's major roadways: State Routes 1, 13, 40, & 202, and Interstate 95.c.) Identify kennels or veterinarians who are willing to care for your pets during severe weather conditions.d.) Check with your insurance agent about flood insurance. Most homeowner policies do not cover damages due to floods.e.) Learn how to safely shutoff your gas, electric, and water utilities by contacting your utility companies.f.) Know how to drain your hot water heater in case the water is needed for drinking.