As of this post on Sept 10, 2018, the National Hurricane Center has labeled Hurricane Florence “a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Further strengthening is anticipated, and Florence is expected to be an extremely dangerous major hurricane through Thursday.”

 

Although in the Triangle region we are somewhat inland, hurricanes are large storms and we will likely feel the effects of any massive storm that hits our coast. High winds, flooding and loss of power are potential threats that require preparation well in advance of the storm.

Download this useful app called Ready NC to help you stay informed: https://readync.org/en/downloadapp.html

Here are some tips that we’ve collected from the Red Cross, the National Weather Service, The National Hurricane Center and Ready.gov.  Links will follow so you can access even more detailed information.

 

 

 

 

Preparedness Tips

  • Make sure you have access to NOAA radio broadcasts; Find an online NOAA radio station; you can purchase a battery-powered or hand-crank NOAA radio in the Red Cross Store
  • Store important documents in a fire and water proof container: insurance papers, medical records, bank account numbers, social security cards, deeds or mortgages, birth & marriage certificates, stocks & bonds, recent tax returns, wills.
  • Unplug small appliances to reduce potential damage from power surges that may occur.
  • Fill bathtubs and sinks with water for flushing the toilet or washing the floor or clothing.
  • Fill your car's gas tank, in case an evacuation notice is issued. stock your vehicle with emergency supplies and a change of clothes.
  • Restock your emergency preparedness kit. Include food and water sufficient for at least three days, medications, a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.
  • Charge your cell phone now so you will have a full battery in case you lose power.
  • Turn your refrigerator or freezer to the coldest setting and open only when necessary. If you lose power, food will last longer.
  • Freeze containers of water for ice to help keep food cold in the freezer, refrigerator, or coolers in case the power goes out. If your normal water supply is contaminated or unavailable, the melting ice will also supply drinking water.
  • Declutter drains and gutters.
  • Take action to keep your food & water safe: https://www.fda.gov/Food/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/ucm076881.htm

Not sure what supplies you need or how to put together an emergency kit? Start with the basics: Cash, water, food (enough for 3 to 7 days), paper products & plastic utensils, radio, batteries, first aid kit, and prescription drugs.
 

For a more comprehensive list, check out these links:

And don’t forget about kids and pets. These resources will help you discuss hurricanes and other emergencies with children and offer lists of supplies & tasks needed to make sure your pets are secure during a storm.

Learn more about how to prepare for a hurricane, stay safe during a hurricane, and what to do after a hurricane from these organizations:
 

Red Cross

https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/hurricane.html

Ready.Gov
https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes

National Weather Service

https://www.weather.gov/wrn/hurricane-preparedness


National Hurricane Center

https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/prepare/ready.php


CDC

https://www.cdc.gov/features/hurricanepreparedness/index.html


Stay safe!