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Hurricane Preparedness Week:

This week is Hurricane Preparedness Week and today we are talking about the importance of assembling your disaster supplies before the hurricane strikes. Include in your emergency supply kit a battery powered radio & flashlights. Make sure you have extra cash on hand & fill up your car or gas can, so you will be #ReadyNC. #ncwx

 

Residents should prepare for hurricane season before it begins. Take the time now to write down your plan and assemble a disaster supplies kit. Don’t forget to plan for your pets. Make an emergency kit for them too. Include food, water, leashes, bedding, and vaccination records. Be #ReadyNC. #ncwx

Day 3

Today’s topics include high winds and securing an insurance check-up. It is important to know your hurricane warning terminology – tropical storm watch, tropical storm warning, hurricane watch, and hurricane warning. The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale classifies hurricanes into five categories based on their sustained wind speed at the indicated time. Keep in mind that even tropical storm force winds of less than 74 mph are capable of tossing around debris and causing damage. Seek shelter in a sturdy building before the onset of tropical storm force winds. These usually arrive hours ahead of the hurricane’s eye. Things you can do before a storm threatens include assessing your home’s landscaping and assess the threat from falling trees. Trim back any dead limbs as well as large overhanging branches. Pick up all loose objects around the house including lawn furniture, grills, and potted plants.

Make sure your insurance is ready to go. Call your insurance company or agent and ask for an insurance check-up to make sure you have enough homeowners insurance to repair or even replace your home. Remember, standard homeowners insurance doesn’t cover flooding. Whether you’re a homeowner or renter, you’ll need a separate policy for it, and it’s available through your company, agent or the National Flood Insurance Program at www.floodsmart.gov. Act now as flood insurance requires a 30-day waiting period.  Finally, know where your insurance documents and contact information are located, and be sure to take them with you if you have to evacuate.

 

 

Day 2

It’s Hurricane Preparedness Week and the NC Department of Public Safety is here to help you prepare. It’s important to be prepared and plan ahead. The first step is to determine your risk. Will you be #ReadyNC? #ncwx

Hurricane season is June 1 – Nov. 30, but most storms hit from mid-August to mid-October. Flooding is the most dangerous threat hurricanes bring to North Carolina. Visit flood.nc.gov to determine your flood risk and get an estimated cost for flood insurance.  Be #ReadyNC #ncwx


Day 1

Today for hurricane preparedness week we are talking about the importance of having an evacuation plan. Two helpful tips: 1. determine if you live in an area subject to storm surge or river flooding and know where to go and how to get there if told to evacuate; 2. Identify a friend or relative who doesn’t live in a flood zone and discuss using their home as an evacuation destination #ncwx

Are you living in an area subject to hurricane storm surge?  Develop an evacuation plan! Find out where to go and how you’d get there if told to evacuate. Your family doesn’t live in an evacuation zone? Be a friend! Identify someone who does and plan to be their evacuation destination. Help others be #ReadyNC #ncwx

 

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RALEIGH NC

800 AM EDT MON MAY 14 2018

 

Below Provided by the National Weather Service

 THIS WEEK IS NORTH CAROLINA’S HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS WEEK FOR 2018

 

All week long the National Weather Service will issue informative messages to help you prepare for the hurricane season.  Today’s topics include storm surge and developing an evacuation plan.

 

Storm Surge

One of the greatest potentials for loss of life related to a hurricane is from the storm surge.   Storm surge is simply water that is pushed toward the shore by the force of the winds swirling around the storm. This advancing surge combines with the normal tides to create the hurricane storm tide, which can increase the mean water level to heights impacting roads, homes and other critical infrastructure. In addition, wind driven waves are superimposed on the storm tide. This rise in water level can cause severe flooding in coastal areas, particularly when the storm tide coincides with the normal high tides. Because much of the United States' densely populated Atlantic and Gulf Coast coastlines lie less than 10 feet above mean sea level, the danger from storm tides is tremendous.

 

The storm surge combined with wave action can cause extensive damage, severely erode beaches and coastal highways. With major storms like Katrina, Camille and Hugo, complete devastation of coastal communities occurred. Many buildings withstand hurricane force winds until their foundations, undermined by erosion, are weakened and fail.  Storm surge can travel several miles inland and can also span hundreds of miles of coastline. 

 

It is important to keep in mind that storm surge is not a factor in the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale.  Know that even a tropical storm or Category 1 hurricane can have a devastating storm surge if the proper conditions exist.  In other words, don’t assume that a tropical storm or a hurricane on the low end of the Saffir-Simpson Scale will not have a large or significant storm surge.  Be sure to stay informed and pay close attention to storm surge forecast details regardless of the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale rating. 

 

Develop an Evacuation Plan

 

The first thing you need to do is find out if you live in a storm surge hurricane evacuation zone or if you’re in a home that would be unsafe during a hurricane. If you are, figure out where you’d go and how you’d get there if told to evacuate. You do not need to travel hundreds of miles.  Identify someone, perhaps a friend or relative who doesn’t live in a zone or unsafe home, and work it out with them to use their home as your evacuation destination. If you don’t live in an evacuation zone, identify someone who does, and plan to be their inland evacuation destination.   Be sure to account for your pets, as most local shelters do not permit them.  Finally, be sure to put the plan in writing for you and those you care about.

 

For more information about hurricane preparedness, please visit the following web sites: 

 

Bertie County Emergency Services Encourages Preparedness for Tornadoes, Severe Storms

 

Spring is right around the corner and while many residents are eager for sun-filled days and budding flowers, residents are urged to prepare for severe weather. Severe thunderstorms involve a variety of conditions – lightning, tornadoes and flash flooding – all of which can develop so rapidly that an advance warning may be impossible.

 

To encourage residents to plan and prepare for severe weather, March 4-10 is designated as Severe Weather Preparedness Week. This week serves as a reminder to all, the importance of planning for unexpected thunderstorms and tornadoes that could impact our state.

 

Government agencies, businesses and schools will participate in the annual statewide tornado drill Wednesday, March 7th, at 9:30 a.m. We encourage everyone to practice their severe weather safety plan and seek shelter on the lowest floor of your building and away from windows. Practicing now will allow you to respond quickly when severe weather heads your way.

 

All residents should take this opportunity to practice what to do in the event that a severe thunderstorm or tornado takes place. Tornadoes and flash floods can develop at a moment’s notice; take time now to prepare and keep you and your loved ones safe.

 

Keep your home a safe haven this severe weather season and use the following safety tips:

  • Develop a family emergency plan and discuss thunderstorm safety with all members of your household. Make sure your family knows basic safety measures, such as first aid, CPR and how to use a fire extinguisher.

  • Assemble an emergency supplies kit. Include a 3-day supply of non-perishable foods and bottled water. Keep it in a location that is easy to access.

  • Stay alert by listening to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration radio and download the free ReadyNC app for current weather and traffic conditions.

  • Practice your plan. Make sure every family member is aware of where to go, what to do and who to call in case of an emergency.

 

Find more information on tornadoes and emergency preparedness by visiting the North Carolina Department of Public Safety website, www.ReadyNC.org.

 

Bertie County Emergency Services, take time now to prepare; it could make all the difference.