Hurricane Preparedness - Be Ready
Gather Information - Know if you live in an evacuation area. Assess your risks and know your home's vulnerability to storm surge, flooding and wind. Understand National Weather Service forecast products and especially the meaning of NWS watches and warnings.
Know where to go. If you are ordered to evacuate, know the local hurricane evacuation route(s) to take and have a plan for where you can stay. Contact your local emergency management agency for more information.
Put together a go-bag: disaster supply kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, first aid supplies, medications, and copies of your critical information if you need to evacuate
If you are not in an area that is advised to evacuate and you decide to stay in your home, plan for adequate supplies in case you lose power and water for several days and you are not able to leave due to flooding or blocked roads.
Make a family emergency communication plan.
Many communities have text or email alerting systems for emergency notifications. For emergency alert in Brunswick County, go to https://public.coderedweb.com/cne/en-US/7BC24EDE14D3
Is your disaster supply kit ready?
Gas up your vehicles.
Have your evacuation plan ready.
Secure loose items outside of your home.
Frequently check on the progress of the storm.
Check batteries and stock up on canned food, first-aid supplies, drinking water and medication.
Store valuables and papers in waterproof containers.
Secure your boat.
Inform loved ones as to where you will be during the storm.
Ensure your weather radio is in working condition.
Locate your local shelters.
Analyze your home’s structural weaknesses
Install storm shutters to protect windows
Install braces to give additional support to garage doors
Check flood insurance
Purchase a portable generator or install a generator for use during power outages
Pet owners should have plans to care for their animals.
If bringing your pet to the shelter, bring vaccination records and ample supply of food, water and food bowls
BASIC EMERGENCY SUPPLIES
The best time to assemble a 3-day disaster supply kit is well before the storm hits. Many of these are common household items. Store enough supplies for at least 3 days, and if possible, for 7 days.
- Easy to carry water-tight container(s) (for all of your items)
- Water – 1 gallon per person per day, along with a water purification kit or bleach
- First aid kit and first aid book
- Mosquito repellent and sunscreen
- Pre-cooked, non-perishable foods, like canned meats, granola bars, peanut butter, instant soup, cereals, dried fruit, powdered milk, etc.
- Portable camp stove or grill with extra propane
- Non-electric can opener and waterproof lighter
- Paper plates, cups, utensils, paper towels
- Aluminum foil, oven mits, trash bags
- Baby supplies: formula, bottle, pacifier, diapers, baby wipes, etc.
- Anti-bacterial hand wipes or gel
- Blanket or sleeping bag per person
- Battery operated alarm clock, radio and/or TV with extra batteries
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- Essential medications (and copies of the prescriptions)
- Bar soap, toilet articles
- Toilet paper, feminine hygiene supplies
- Cash and change
- Seasonal change of clothing, including sturdy shoes and work gloves
- Cleaning supplies, hand tools, duct tape, rope, etc.
- Documents, backup discs of important computer files, medical history info, photo IDs
- Camera, books, games, cards, etc.
- Food, water, leash and carrier for pets
Learn the dangers of a hurricane storm surge with this fast draw video. Storm surge is what officials use when determining who to evacuate. Remember, when officials say it is time to evacuate... go! http://youtu.be/bBa9bVYKLP0