Stay Safe Before, During, and After a Hurricane
As we monitor the Atlantic this hurricane season, I urge you to review your hurricane plan. Check your disaster kit, review your evacuation plan, and ensure you have the tools you need to stay informed.
Instructions on how to plan and prepare for severe weather as well as access to real-time weather, flooding, traffic and shelter information can be found at ReadyNC.org. It is important you take steps now to ensure you and your family stay.
Due to COVID-19, hurricane prep will be a little different this year. Below is some information on preparing for a hurricane during a pandemic.
Check Your Disaster Kit: In addition to traditional items found in a preparedness kit, the CDC recommends also packing hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, bar or liquid soap, disinfectant wipes (if available) and two cloth face coverings for each person. If possible, have your items delivered to avoid going to the store. If you do have to go to the store to prepare for a storm, follow the CDC’s tips on running essential errands.
Review Your Evacuation Plan: Shelter locations may have been adjusted due to the pandemic. If you are planning to use an emergency shelter, check the location and follow these tips to make your stay even safer. Ensure you have also planned for your pets. If you live in a coastal community be sure to Know Your Zone.
Stay Informed: Make sure you know where to find the most up-to-date and accurate information.
For additional resources, visit readync.org, ready.gov, and the Red Cross. You should also follow your county emergency management agency on social media and sign up for their alerts. You can find your local emergency management agency by clicking here.