New Hanover County – The New Hanover County Board of Commissioners have proclaimed May 5-11 as Hurricane Preparedness Week, and encourage residents to plan now for hurricanes by updating their emergency plans and supply kits. Hurricane season runs from June 1 through November.
“We know all too well from our experience with Hurricane Florence last year how a hurricane can devastate homes and communities,” said Steven Still, New Hanover County Emergency Management and 911 Director. “By planning ahead, we can mitigate damage and better prepare our communities.”
Hurricane Florence made landfall in Wrightsville Beach on September 14, 2018. The storm caused more than $450 million in real and personal property losses and damaged more than 6,000 residential properties in New Hanover County. Schools were closed for several weeks and storm shelters for those displaced from the storm remained open for more than two months.
“Preparing now, before hurricane season begins, could make all the difference, and Hurricane Preparedness Week is a great time to evaluate your household emergency plan and prepare,” said Still. “Making sure your family knows what to do, where to go and who to contact when disaster strikes will give you the peace of mind needed to get through a storm.”
Here are a few preparedness tips for families and businesses:
Write down your plans and gather important documents (copies of drivers’ licenses, insurance policies, medical records, etc.), and put them somewhere quickly accessible.
Assemble an emergency supplies kit with enough non-perishable food and water to last each family member three to seven days. Other essential items include: a first-aid kit, weather radio and batteries, prescription medicines, sleeping bag or blankets, changes of clothes, hygiene items such as toothbrush, toothpaste, soap and deodorant, cash, and pet supplies (food, water, bedding, leashes, vaccination records, etc.).
Review and update homeowners’ or renters’ insurance policies to ensure they include coverage for damage, natural disasters and floods.
Residents are encouraged to stay informed before, during and after an emergency by signing up for New Hanover County emergency news and alerts at ReadyNHC.com. For more information on hurricanes and overall emergency preparedness download the ReadyNC mobile app and visit http://www.ReadyNC.org.