Although the track of Hurricane Matthew could change in the coming days, it is possible it could reach the region Saturday as a Category 3 storm, according to the National Weather Service.

“At this point, we’re stating that initial preparations should be underway,” meteorologist Steve Pfaff Tuesday morning. “Secure what you can. We’re not saying board up, certainly — that would come a little bit later if the track holds.”

Especially along the coast, part of preparing for a hurricane securing and protecting property. The Federal Emergency Management Agency offerings the following tips:

As the storm approaches

• Consider permanent storm shutters to protect windows. Windows can also be boarded with 5/8” marine plywood cut to fit the window. Tape does not prevent windows from breaking.

• Trim trees and shrubs around your home.

• Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.

• Determine how and where to secure boats or trailers.

Before the storm arrives

• Close storm shutters.

• Secure outdoor objects such as plants, decorations and furniture or bring them indoors.

• Turn off propane tanks.

During the storm

• Stay indoors away from windows and glass doors.

• Close all interior doors.

• Keep curtains and blinds closed.

• If you do not evacuate, you may take shelter in an interior room, closet or hallway on the lowest level or lie on the floor under a table.