Published: Jun 02, 2010 4:54 PM EDT
Updated: Jun 02, 2010 1:55 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla.-- When a storm strikes you need to make plans for other utilities around your house.

First, know where to find your home's emergency water shut-off valve.  If you evacuate make sure you turn it off to help minimize damage should a pipe burst.

Follow the manufacturer's recommendation for turning off your hot water heater and unplug it.

When the electricity goes out assume all cables and wires are energized and stay away.

Turn off all your appliances so when the power comes back on you don't get a surge.