Hurricane Florence Information

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Are you prepared?

Preparation: Don't get caught unprepared.

  • Check the Forecast at weather.gov or your favorite weather app, station, etc:: Make checking the forecast part of your regular routine so you'll receive updates and know what to expect in your area.
  • Adjust Your Schedule: If possible, adjust your schedule to avoid being outside during the hurricane. Try to find a safe area in your home or a shelter to stay for the duration of the hurricane.
  • Protect Your Pets, Livestock and other Property: If you have pets or farm animals, make sure they have plenty of food and water, and are not exposed to the storm surges and flooding. Take precautions to ensure your animals are sheltered on higher ground. Know the temperature thresholds of your plants and crops in addition to water tolerance. In the case of evacuation, know where to take your pets and livestock to shelter.
  • Fill up the tank: Make sure your car or vehicle has at least a half a tank of gas during the hurricane so that you can stay in your vehicle if you become stranded.
  • Dress for the outdoors even if you don't think you'll be out much.
  • Update Your Emergency Car and Home Survival Kits: Make sure your home and car survival kits have the following:
    • Jumper cables --  flares or reflective triangle are great extras
    • Flashlights:  Replace the batteries before the winter season starts and pack some extras.
    • First Aid Kit:  Also check your purse or bag for essential medications.
    • Baby, special needs gear:  If you have a baby or family member with special needs, pack diapers and any special formula or food.
    • Food:  Stock non-perishable food such as canned food and a can opener, dry cereal and protein rich foods like nuts and energy bars.
    • Water:  Have at least 1 gallon of water per person a day for at least 3 days.
    • Basic toolkit:  Pliers, wrench, screwdriver
    • Pet supplies:  Food and water
    • Radio:  Battery or hand cranked
    • Cat litter or sand:  For better tire traction
    • Clothes:  Make sure you dress for the weather in appropriate clothes, hat, sturdy rain boots, jacket and an extra change of clothes for the wet conditions.
    • Blankets or sleeping bags:  If you get stranded in traffic on a lonely road, you'll be glad to have it.
    • Charged Cell Phone:  Keep a spare charger in your car as well.
    • Propane:  To use for grills outdoors to cook food or heat water.
    • Emergency Radio:  Stay tuned to keep track of the storm’s status.
    • Bathtub of water:  Fill the bathtub or a bucket of water to fill the toilet tank and flush solid waste.
    • Prescription medications:  Make sure to fill all prescription medications.
    • Important documents:  Insurance policies, identification and bank account records saved in a waterproof, portable container.