Preparing for a Storm or Hurricane
  • Stay informed! Sign up to receive emergency notifications via telephone, email or text: Click Here!

  • Practice going to a safe shelter for high winds. 

  • Know your evacuation routes.

  • Plan how to communicate with family if you lose power (call, text, email, social media, etc.)  Keep in mind, during a disaster text messages are usually more reliable than phone calls as lines become busy.​

  • Make sure your car is in good working condition, keep the tank full of gas, and stock vehicle with emergency supplies and a change of clothes.

  • Put together an Emergency Preparedness Kit

    • Enough nonperishable food for at least three days.

    • Water for at least three days.

    • First Aid Supplies

    • Don't forget specific needs such as medications or if you use oxygen be sure to have an extra tank.​

    • Flashlight

    • Batteries

    • Cash in the event electronic banking systems are not available.

    • Don't forget pet needs.

  • Charge cell phones, laptops, tablets, etc. so you will have a full battery in case you lose power.  Remember these may be your own link to information and communication in the event of power outages.

  • ​Six hours before the storm is to reach, turn your refrigerator or freezer to the coldest setting and open only when necessary. If you lose power food will last longer,  Keep a thermometer in the refrigerator to determine food temperature and safety once power is restored.

  • Protect Your Property

    • De-clutter drains and gutters​

    • Install check valves in plumbing to prevent backups

    • Consider hurricane shelters or cover your windows with boards (5x8" exterior grade or marine plywood)

    • Review insurance policies

    • Bring loose, lightweight objects inside that could become projectiles in high winds (patio furniture, garbage cans, etc.); anchor objects that are unsafe to bring inside (propane tanks, gas grills, etc.).

    • Trim or remove trees close enough to fall on the building.

Surviving During a Storm or Hurricane
  • If told to evacuate do so immediately.​

  • Do NOT drive around barricades.

  • If sheltering during high winds go to a FEMA safe room, storm shelter, or small interior windowless room or hallway on the lowest floor that is not subject to flooding.

  • If trapped in a building by flooding, go to the highest level of the building.  Do not clime into a closed attic, you may become trapped inside by rising flood water. 

  • Listen for current emergency information and instructions.

  • Use a generator or other gasoline-powered machinery outdoors ONLY and away from windows.

  • Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters.  REMEMBER:  TURN AROUND DON'T DROWN! Just six inches of fast moving water can sweep your vehicle away.

  • Stay off of bridges over fast-moving water.

  • ​Please DO NOT call 911 for power outages during the hurricane. 

Contact your providers directly. (See sidebar for contact info).

  • Please DO NOT call 911 for road closure information. 

Contact the NC Department of Transportation (See sidebar).

Safety After a Storm or Hurricane
  • Listen to authorities for information and special instructions.​

  • Wear protective clothing and work with a buddy when cleaning up.

  • Do NOT touch electrical equipment if it is wet or if you are standing in water.  If it is safe to do so, turn off electricity at the main beaker or fuse box to prevent electrical shock.

  • Avoid wading in flood water, which can contain dangerous debris.  Underground or downed power lines can electrically "charge" water and cause electrocution.

  • Save phone calls for emergencies.  Instead use text or social media to communicate with family whenever possible.

  • Document any property damage with photographs and contact your insurance company for assistance.

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