Weather Preparedness

With the memory of Hurricane Floyd in 1999 and Hurricane Matthew in 2016 we should remain in a constant state of readiness. The Town is making the necessary plans and encourages our citizens to prepare as well. Citizens should make preparations including: maintaining emergency preparedness kits, other household items that may be needed, and a written plan based on where you live in relation to the vulnerability of wind and flooding. The items below are recommendations and additional preparations may be necessary. 


•  Know if you live in an evacuation area. Know your home’s vulnerability to storm surge, flooding, and wind. Have a written plan based on this knowledge.

•  At the beginning of hurricane season (June 1), check the supplies for your disaster supply kit, replace batteries, and use food stocks on a rotating basis.

•  During hurricane season, monitor the tropics.

•  Monitor NOAA Weather Radio. It is an excellent / official source for real-time weather information and warnings.

•  If a storm threatens, heed the advice from local authorities. Evacuate if ordered.

•  Execute your family plan.


•  When you hear hurricane, think inland flooding.

•  Determine whether you live in a potential flood zone.

•  If advised to evacuate, do so immediately.

•  Keep abreast of road conditions through the news media.

•  Move to a safe area before access is cut off by floodwater.

•  Do not attempt to cross-flowing water.

•  Develop a flood emergency action plan.

•  Have flood insurance. Flood damage is not usually covered by homeowners insurance.