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.
BASIC HURRICANE SAFETY
• 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.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?
• 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.