Storm Preparedness

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Storm Preparedness – Be Ready

The essential pieces of weather safety are:

Prepare for the risks

Act on those preparations when alerted by emergency officials.

Prepare

Gather information

  • Assess your risks and know if your home is vulnerable to storm surge, flooding and wind.
  • Understand the National Weather Service's forecasts including watches, warnings, and storm surges.
  • Determine safe evacuation routes
  • If you have a pet, find pet-friendly hotels on your evacuation route. Review your insurance policies.
  • Keep a list of emergency contacts for references.

Plan

Act

Evacuation

  • Review FEMA's guidelines for evacuation.
  • Allow enough time to pack and inform your friends and family if you evacuate
  • Follow your local official’s evacuation instructions.
  • Take your emergency supplies kit with you including your important documents
  • Bring extra cash as ATMs may not work and banks may be closed.
  • Secure your home before leaving

Shelter in Place

If you shelter in place, the importance of being prepared cannot be overstated.  During a hurricane when conditions have become unsafe, all Town services will cease.  If you have an emergency during this time period, the Fire, Police and Public Works Departments will not be able to assist you until conditions improve.

Before a hurricane makes landfall, you should take the following measures:

  • Secure your property.  
    • Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows.  
    • A second option is to board up windows with 5/8-inch marine plywood, cut to f t and ready to install.
    • Tape does not prevent windows from breaking.
  • Be sure trees and shrubs around your home are well trimmed.
  • Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.
  • Determine how and where to secure your boat.
  • Turn refrigerator to maximum cold and keep it closed.
  • Turn off utilities if told to do so by authorities.
  • Turn off propane tanks.
  • Unplug small appliances.
  • Fill bathtub and large containers with water in case clean tap water is unavailable.  Use water in bathtubs for cleaning and flushing only - do NOT drink it.

During the hurricane and if winds become strong:

  • Stay indoors during the hurricane and away from windows and glass doors, even if they are covered
  • Close all interior doors—secure and brace external doors.
  • Keep curtains and blinds closed.
  • Take refuge in a small interior room, closet or hallway.
  • Do not be fooled if there is a lull; it could be the eye of the storm - winds will pick up again.

After the Storm

  • Keep listening to radio, TV or NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards.
  • Wait until an area is declared safe before entering.
  • Stay off the roads so that they can be cleared for emergency vehicles.
  • Watch for closed roads.  If you come upon a barricade or a flooded road, Turn Around, Don’t Drown!
  • Stay on firm, dry ground. Moving water only 6 inches deep can sweep you off your feet.
  • Standing water may be electrically charged from power lines.
  • Never use a generator indoors.
  • Avoid weakened bridges and washed out roads.

  List of Emergency Services

 Emergency Management   www.carteretcountync.gov/524/Emergency-Management
 NC Ready www.ReadyNC.org
 NC Traffic Conditions www.ncdot.org/traffictravel
 NC Dept. of Insurance www.ncdoi.com
 NC Emergency Management Division www.ncem.org
 National Weather Service www.weather.gov
 National Hurricane Center www.nhc.noaa.gov
American Red Cross  www.redcross.org 
 FEMA  www.fema.gov
 FEMA ready.gov  www.ready.gov