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Prepare for Hurricanes Before the Official Season Begins

Post Date:05/11/2018 1:08 PM

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Summertime is right around the corner and many North Carolinians are looking forward to spending sunny days with their toes in the sand and a fresh lemonade in hand. Although summer brings fun-filled days, severe weather can quickly put a damper on plans. 

Chatham County Emergency Management urges residents to participate in Hurricane Preparedness Week, May 13-19, by updating their emergency plans and supplies kit.

Many counties are still recovering from Hurricane Matthew’s impacts that caused billions in damage. That devastation reminds us that it only takes one storm to cause severe impacts and that no county is immune to the disastrous effects from these storms.

hurricane risksFor families, as well as communities, being prepared could mean the difference between being a hurricane victim or a hurricane survivor. It is vital for everyone to have an emergency plan in place before a storm threatens Chatham County. Chatham County Emergency Management urges residents to take the time to write down your hurricane plan and update your emergency supplies kit with enough non-perishable food and water to last each person in your family a minimum of one week.

Kits should also include:

  • First-aid kit
  • Weather radio and batteries 
  • Prescription medicines 
  • Sleeping bag or blankets 
  • Changes of clothes
  • Hygiene items such as toothbrush, toothpaste, soap and deodorant 
  • Cash 
  • Pet supplies including food, water, bedding, leashes, muzzle and vaccination records 

Stay informed when severe weather strikes by tuning in to local news or listening to a NOAA Weather Radio. Stay alert for evacuation information and know evacuation routes in your community. Heed the warnings from state and local officials and evacuate quickly if told to do so.

More information on severe weather and hurricane preparedness can be found on our ReadyChatham webpage.  Chatham County emergency officials also urge residents to download the free ReadyNC mobile app, which provides up-to-date weather and traffic conditions for roads in our area, as well as all across North Carolina. 

Also, be sure to follow Chatham 911 / EM on Facebook @Chatham911, to get Hurricane Safety and Preparedness Tips throughout this Hurricane Preparedness Week.