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Hurricane Preparedness 2015

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North Carolina summers are filled with fresh local produce, popsicles on porches, and water fun at pools and beaches. June kicks off the fun summer season, but it also marks the beginning of hurricane season.

The Atlantic hurricane season runs June 1 through November 30, but most hurricanes strike the East and Gulf Coasts between mid-August and mid-October. Now is the best time to prepare for whatever tropical weather may come our way. Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Emergency Management is urging residents to use Hurricane Preparedness Week, May 24-30, to update their emergency plans and kits before storms strike.

Tropical storms and hurricanes bring damaging winds, heavy rains, flooding and even tornadoes. Since hurricanes have impacted every part of North Carolina, it’s important for everyone to have a plan in place before a storm threatens Forsyth County.

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Emergency Management urges residents to make a plan and put together an emergency supplies kit to provide the tools needed to survive the storm and recover from it.

Families should have their emergency kit ready to go at all times with enough non-perishable food and bottled water (1 gallon per person per day) to last three to seven days. Kits also should include:

  • Copies of insurance papers and identification sealed in a watertight plastic bag
  • First-aid kit
  • Weather radio and batteries
  • Supply of prescription medicines
  • Bedding
  • Changes of clothes
  • Hygiene items such as toothbrush, toothpaste, soap and deodorant
  • Cash or checkbook
  • Pet supplies including food, water, leashes, bedding, muzzle and vaccination records

Stay informed during severe weather using a battery-powered radio for weather and evacuation information.

Be sure to review and update your homeowners’ or renters’ insurance policies to make sure they include coverage for accidental damage, natural disasters and, if necessary, flood insurance.

NOAA’s Hurricane Preparedness website is a valuable reference tool. You will find links and the following daily topics on the Hurricane Preparedness website.

  • Sunday – Basics
  • Monday – Storm Surge
  • Tuesday – Winds
  • Wednesday – Inland Flooding
  • Thursday – Forecast Process
  • Friday – Get A Plan!
  • Saturday – Take Action

FEMA’s How to Prepare for a Hurricane GUIDEBOOK

More information on hurricanes and overall emergency preparedness can be found at Forsyth County emergency officials also urge residents to get the free ReadyNC mobile app, which provides real-time weather and traffic conditions for all parts of North Carolina.

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