THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR ANYONE NOT TO BE PREPARED
FOR AN EMERGENCY OR DISASTER WHEN IT OCCURS!
NORTH CAROLINA IS ONE OF THE MOST
HURRICANE-RAVAGED STATES IN THE COUNTRY.
Daily bulletins, prepared by the National Weather Service, are available in the links below. Please print and post these in common areas for people who do not have access to the internet.
The Governor, in cooperation with the National Weather Service (NWS) and the National Hurricane Center (NHC), has declared May 23-29, 2010, as Hurricane Preparedness Week.
DISASTERS OCCUR EVERYWHERE IN OUR STATE, AND HURRICANES POSE THE GREATEST THREAT FOR LARGE-SCALE DISASTERS. PREPARING FOR TOMORROW'S STORM TODAY IS THE BEST THING YOU CAN DO FOR YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY.
Since records have been kept, dating back to 1806, 70 tropical systems have made direct landfall on the North Carolina Coast. Even more disturbing is that around 100 tropical storms have impacted the state without actually making landfall along the coast of North Carolina.
North Carolina's unique geography and protruding coastline make the state a favorable target for hurricanes. No part of our state has gone unaffected from these giant storms.
Preventing the loss of life and minimizing the damage to property from hurricanes are responsibilities that are shared by everyone. Any time you are asked to evacuate, you should do so without delay. It is important for you and your family to HAVE A PLAN that makes you as safe as possible. Preparedness includes having the supplies on hand to weather any storm.
DEVELOP A FAMILY PLAN - Your family's plan should be based on your vulnerabilities to all types of hazards. Make sure your hurricane plans account for the following:
- High winds
- Falling trees
- Power outages
Basic emergency supplies should provide for you and your family for a minimum of three (3) days without utility service or outside aid.
NOAA is predicting an ACTIVE hurricane season. Despite forecasts, ANY ONE OF THESE STORMS COULD SPELL DISASTER FOR ANY AREA OF NORTH CAROLINA. Learn what to do and be prepared.
Inland flooding is the most deadly and serious threat hurricanes bring to areas of North Carolina. The most devastating storm in our state's history was Hurricane Floyd in 1999. This storm generated record flooding across much of the eastern part of the state claiming 56 lives and leaving thousands homeless with entire towns under water.
Prepare your family disaster plan accordingly. The information in this article can be used to to save lives.