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Hurricane Preparedness. Are you ready?


It is North Carolina’s 2020 Hurricane Preparedness Week – a time for everyone to make weather-readiness a priority.


The entire state is susceptible to impacts from a tropical cyclone. The first step to preparedness is determining what types of wind and water hazards occur where you live. High winds, storm surge, inland flooding, and tornadoes all pose a significant threat to life and property from the mountains to the coast. Even when hurricanes stay out at sea, the North Carolina coast can still be impacted by large swells and deadly rip currents, thus making it important to stay aware of the tropics and weather forecasts all throughout the hurricane season.


The most active months for tropical systems in North Carolina are August, September, and October. However, hurricanes have wreaked havoc as early as June and as late as mid-November. The peak tropical activity usually occurs in a six week period from mid-August to late September. During active cycles in hurricane activity, North Carolina can experience multiple hurricanes and tropical storms within weeks of each other.


Make a pledge to prepare for this hurricane season by completing an emergency preparedness plan and creating or updating your emergency kit. An informed and motivated public will transform the way North Carolinians respond to hurricane seasons and, ultimately, save more lives and livelihoods. 


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


Monday info for Hurricane Preparedness Week


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 rise in water level can cause severe flooding in coastal areas, particularly when the storm tide coincides with the normal high tides. 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.


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.


Know Your Zone (KYZ)

After being piloted during the 2019 hurricane season, state and county emergency management will partner to officially launch the Know Your Zone initiative prior to the peak of the 2020 season. Know Your Zone is a cooperative effort of NCEM and county emergency management partners in coastal counties. North Carolina KYZ is a tiered evacuation system that highlights areas most vulnerable to impacts from hurricanes, tropical storms, and other hazards.


In preparation for the launch of KYZ and the coming hurricane season, visit http://knowyourzone.nc.gov for an interactive lookup tool, FAQ, and other educational resources.


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