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Prepare Now for Possible Hazardous Weather Next Week

Post Date:09/07/2017 2:39 PM
As Hurricane Irma approaches the United States, we urge residents and their families to take action now to prepare for emergency events like hurricanes. Knowing your risks, getting prepared, and staying informed are just a few steps you can take to get ready.

Make an evacuation plan and family emergency communication plan, and include your pets. Plan how you will assemble your family and loved ones, and anticipate where you will go for different situations. Get together with your family and agree on the ways to contact one another in an emergency and identify meeting locations.

Keep an emergency kit wherever you spend time: home, car, work, etc. Key items to put in an emergency kit include water, nonperishable food, flashlights, and at least a week supply of medications. More information on how to build an emergency kit can be found at:  Specific information on hurricane preparation can be found at

Know where to go for trusted sources of information in an emergency. Chatham residents can sign up for CodeRED, a local phone-based emergency notification system, here: Information specific to Chatham County will be posted on our official Twitter: @ChathamCountyNC.

While it is still unclear what path Irma will take, it is important to have a plan in place and supplies ready for emergency events. For more information on how to prepare for emergencies, including hurricanes, please visit ReadyNC