Following the trail of death and destruction the hurricane left in the Bahamas, . Floridians and residents of the Southeastern coast of the U.S. should prepare for the worst. Visit FloodSmart.gov to gauge flood risks for your zip code and have a plan of exit. Find out if you live in a "hurricane evacuation zone," and have a bag with essentials — such as clothes, money, medications and documents ready to go. Plan to have at least a week's worth of food and water for your family and pets, as well as enough gas in the tank. Businesses should also prepare by boarding up windows and having operations plans in place. Most importantly, listen to orders of mandatory evacuations. If you decide to ride out the storm, or wait until the last moment to leave, it could be too late.