The Atlantic hurricane season is upon us, and if we’re learning anything from the recent events in Houston and the surrounding areas, we all need to be prepared!

Recent predictions anticipate a more active than usual 2017 season with an increase in the number of named storms and hurricanes. Even if North Carolina is not in the direct path of a storm, the rising waters and battering winds can cause devastating flooding and high wind damages.

 

Here are some helpful tips and links so you may reference local emergency contacts, resources and what steps you can take to ensure your property is prepped for an approaching storm.

The most important tip…

Make plans before the hurricane arrives! It is too late after a storm approaches the coast to attempt to secure your property.

Make an emergency supply kit including a flashlight, batteries, cash, first aid supplies, medications, and copies of your critical information if you need to evacuate.

https://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit

If you are not in an area that is advised to evacuate and you decide to stay in your home, plan for adequate supplies in case you lose power and water for several days and you are not able to leave due to flooding or blocked roads. http://www.bounceenergy.com/blog/2012/06/prepare-hurricane-stay-home-2/

Property Prep Checklist

If you plan to evacuate, you should do so as early as possible to avoid traffic delays and severe weather-related travel conditions.

LINKS/RESOURCES:

https://readync.org/EN/Informed_NatHaz_Hurricane.html

https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes

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