Hurricane Preparedness

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The Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1 to November 30 each year, with the peak period from early August through the end of October. Hurricanes are strong storms that can cause life and property threatening hazards such as flooding, storm surge, high winds and tornadoes (Tornados are most common between March and June in North Carolina although they may occur anytime of the year). Preparation is the best protection against the dangers of a hurricane and other catastrophic emergencies and the time to plan is now. Here are some helpful tips.

Plan, Prepare and Stay Informed. Ready NC suggest to:

PLAN: Discuss with your family what to do before, during and after an emergency. The more prepared you are, the better you will be.

PREPARE: Make an emergency supplies kit before a disaster with basic items your family may need in or after an emergency. Be sure everyone knows where the kit is. You need to put enough water, food and supplies in your kit for three to seven day for each person and pet.

STAY INFORMED: Know the hazards where you live. Have a way to monitor sever weather and receive emergency alerts for your location.


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Hurricane Season… Self-Advocates Are You Ready?

The Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1 to November 30 each year, with the peak period from early August through the end of October. Hurricanes are strong storms that can cause life and property damage. Dangerous hazards such as flooding, high winds, and tornadoes (Tornados are most common between March and June in North Carolina although they may occur anytime of the year).

Being prepared is the best safety against the dangers of a hurricane and other big emergencies and the time to plan is now. Here are some helpful tips.

Plan, Prepare and Stay Informed. Ready NC suggests to:

PLAN: Discuss with your family what to do before, during and after an emergency. The more prepared you are, the better you will be.

PREPARE: Make an emergency supplies kit before a disaster with basic items your family may need in or after an emergency. Be sure everyone knows where the kit is. You need to put enough water, food and supplies in your kit for 3 to 7 days for each person and pet.

STAY INFORMED: Know the hazards where you live. Have a way to check very bad weather and receive emergency alerts for your location.

What to put in your Emergency Preparedness Kit:

[To avoid the spread of COVID-19 Virus make sure to include]

  • Face Coverings/mask
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Sanitizing Wipes
  • Water - 1 gallon per person per day for 3 to 7 days
  • Food – non-perishable and canned food supply for 3 to 7 days
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and National oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)  Weather Radio with extra batteries
  • Cell phone with charger
  • First aid kit and first aid book
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off water
  • Blanket or sleeping bag – 1 per person
  • Prescription medications and glasses
  • Seasonal change of clothing, including sturdy shoes
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, feminine supplies
  • Extra house and car keys
  • Important documents – insurance policies, copy of driver’s license, Social Security card, bank account records
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Cash and change
  • Books, games or cards

Don’t forget about your Pets- Preparedness Kit:

  • Canned or dry pet food
  • Water for 3 to 7 days
  • Food dishes
  • Muzzle, collar and leash
  • Immunization records
  • Identification tag (should contain pet name and phone number)
  • Current photos of your pets in case they become lost
  • Medicine your pet requires
  • Pet beds and toys
  • Pet carrier
  • Proper fitting muzzle

 

Download our Emergency Readiness Guide!

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