Are You Ready for Hurricane Florence?

In preparation for Hurricane Florence, please read the following information and take the necessary precautions to keep yourself and your family safe.

Secure Your Valuables

  • Store all valuables and government documents in one location in case you need to grab & go (include personal, home/property, estate, medical, and financial documents)
  • Store items in water-safe containers to prevent damage – keep high and as far away from water as possible
  • Bring your pets inside and take them with you if you leave (if you cannot take them, find someone who can)

Basic Disaster Supplies Kit

  • Water (one gallon per person per day) fill extra bottles and pitchers or fill bags to freeze ahead of time
  • Food: non-perishables that don’t need water or heat to prepare/eat and a manual can opener
  • Flashlight & extra batteries
  • First aid supplies
  • Backup chargers for cell phones (make sure they are full charges in advance, if possible)
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities if needed

Evacuation (for severe weather conditions)

  • Plan ahead of time how you will leave your home/city, know which roads you will take (and alternates, should you need to travel a different way)
  • Keep up to date with road closures and traffic
  • Develop a communication and re-unification plan for your household in order to maintain contact and know what to do should you be separated
  • Prepare a “go-bag” ahead of time with extra clothes and items you’ll need if you leave your home
  • Make sure your car has a full tank of gas
  • If you don’t have a car (or have access to a car), plan how you will leave
  • If you decide to evacuate your home, let someone know where you are going and how to get in contact with you

Sheltering in Place (for severe weather conditions)

  • Take refuge in your home’s most interior room/closet & stay away from exterior doors/windows
  • Bring all pets inside
  • Keep windows, air vents, & fireplace dampers closed
  • Turn off fans, air conditioning, & forced air heating systems
  • Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters

Local Shelters (click for link)

Depending on the severity of weather conditions or a storm’s aftermath, mass care shelters may become available
Text SHELTER and a ZIP CODE to 43362 (4FEMA)
(ex. SHELTER 27101)


In Case of Power Outages
**Consider all down power lines and anything touching them to be energized and dangerous – DO NOT TOUCH THEM

For Duke Energy users: click here to see a map of current outages or text REG to 57801 to receive text alerts about outages near you
Customer Service: 800-777-9898
Report a Problem: 800-769-3766


STAY UP TO DATE (click for link)
WXII 12 News
The Weather Channel Hurricane Tracker
NC Dept. of Public Safety
ReadyNC (Twitter: @NCEmergency)

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