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Those Who Prepare Better Will Fare Better

Those Who Prepare Better Will Fare Better

Apr 24, 2019

Summer is sailing towards us and many North Carolinians cannot wait to barbecue in the backyard and spend sun-filled days at the beach or pool. But before you kick back with your toes in the sand, take time to ensure your family is ready for tropical storms.

Hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30 and May 5-11 is Hurricane Preparedness Week, a time for families and businesses to make sure they are prepared.

“ Many people in our state are still struggling to recover from Hurricane Florence last year and Hurricane Matthew in 2016,” said Mike Sprayberry, North Carolina Emergency Management Director. “The fact is: the better you prepare for emergencies, the better you’ll fare afterwards. We urge all residents to practice their emergency plans and update their disaster supplies kits. Being prepared before disaster strikes can mean the difference between being a victim and a survivor. ”

According to the National Weather Service, a tropical storm or hurricane will make direct landfall on North Carolina’s coast about once every two years. While Hurricane Matthew didn’t make landfall in our state, the Category 1 hurricane wreaked havoc on half of North Carolina’s counties. The potential for another storm is always possible and preparing now is the best way to protect your family.

“North Carolina Emergency Management, local and state officials work closely to ensure our state is prepared and can recover from disasters,” said Sprayberry. “Residents need to do their part to ensure safety for themselves and their families.”

Be Ready

State emergency officials urge individuals and families to update their plans and kits now and stay tuned to local weather throughout the summer.

  1. Make an emergency plan, then practice it with your family. Write down the evacuation routes you may need.
  2. Build – or update – an emergency supply kit and have it ready to go with enough non-perishable food and bottled water (1 gallon per person per day) to last three to seven days.

Kits should also include:

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

Other preparations:

  • Prepare and strengthen your home from tropical storms.
  • Trim trees around your home to prevent damage from broken branches
  • Bring loose outdoor items inside, such as patio furniture.
  • Secure all doors on your property
  • Move your car inside a garage or to another secure location

Also, call your insurance company and make sure they include coverage for accidental damage and natural disasters. Remember, standard homeowners’ insurance policies do not cover flooding.  Take action now if you are at risk and need a separate flood insurance policy; typically there is a 30-day waiting period. Keep your insurance documents and contact information with your emergency kit in case of evacuation. Homeowners with flood insurance are among those who recovered the fastest from Hurricane Matthew.

Stay informed during severe weather. Tune into a trusted local news source and keep a battery-powered radio for weather and evacuation information. Be aware of evacuation routes in your community and if told to evacuate by state and local officials, do so immediately.

For more information, follow us on Facebook and Twitter and go to or download the free ReadyNC mobile app, which provides real-time information on traffic, weather, open shelters and riverine flood levels.

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