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Posted on: May 3, 2022

Now’s the Time to Prepare for Hurricane Season

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Emergency Management is encouraging residents to plan now for hurricane season by updating their emergency plans and supply kits. Hurricane season officially begins June 1 and runs through November.

To encourage residents to prepare, the National Weather Service has declared May 1-7 as Hurricane Preparedness Week. Forsyth County residents should take this time to review and practice their emergency plans, said Emergency Management Director August Vernon.

“The time to get prepared for a hurricane or tropical storm is now,” Vernon said. “Begin by having a plan and a survival kit. They are not complicated to create, just visit ReadyNC.gov. You can download a plan template and there’s a list of items to include in your kit.”

Take the time to practice your emergency plan so everyone knows where to go and who to contact when disaster strikes, Vernon said. “Make sure all of the information in the plan is up to date and talk to your neighbors about their plans, especially those who may need assistance such as senior citizens. Discuss how you can assist one another so everyone is safe.”

Families and businesses should write down their emergency plan and gather important documents, such as copies of driver’s licenses, insurance policies, medical records, and bank account statements, and put them somewhere where they can be quickly accessed in case of an emergency.

Emergency supply kits should contain enough non-perishable food and water to last each family member three to seven days. Other essential items 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 or checkbook
  • Pet supplies including food, water, leashes, bedding, muzzle and vaccination records
  • Face masks and hand sanitizer

“Typically, there is a great deal of advance warning that a storm such as a hurricane is coming,” Vernon said. “If your plan and kit are up to date, that gives you ample time to mitigate damage to your home or business by taking some commonsense measures such as trimming trees, covering windows, securing loose outdoor items and more.”

Forsyth County residents should stay informed during severe weather by using a battery-powered radio for weather and evacuation information and should know evacuation routes in their community. When asked to evacuate, residents should leave the area immediately.

“If you’re asked to evacuate due to potential danger, you should do so,” Vernon said. “You’ll not only be protecting yourself but also emergency responders who may have to risk their lives to save you if you don’t evacuate.”

More information on hurricanes and overall emergency preparedness can be found online at ReadyForsyth.org or ReadyNC.gov. Please take a moment to “like” ReadyForsyth on Facebook and Twitter to receive the most recently updated information.

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