Hurricane Preparedness

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According to the State Climate Office of NC, there have been 83 hurricanes that have made landfall in NC since 1851 that caused damage to life and property. Some of the more notable storms were Hazel, Donna, Diana, Fran, Floyd, and Matthew. Statistics show that over half of these storms have hit during the month of September, so there is no better time to prepare than now.

Suggested supply list:

  • Drinking water – one gallon per person/per day
  • Cooking water – 1/2 gallon per person/per day
  • Sanitation water – one gallon per person/per day
  • Canned foods
  • Hand operated can opener
  • Staples – sugar, salt, pepper, flour
  • Fruit/Vegetables that do not require refrigeration
  • Fresh bread
  • Vitamins
  • Formula for babies
  • Diapers
  • Baby medicines
  • Paper products
  • Ice
  • Toilet paper/baby wipes
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Garbage bags
  • Aluminum foil
  • Bleach
  • First aid kit
  • Non prescription drugs
  • Prescription drugs
  • Propane
  • Batteries
  • Flashlights
  • Money – small bills and change
  • Blankets to wrap freezers
  • Charcoal
  • Matches/lighter
  • Gasoline
  • Chainsaw
  • Bug repellant

Secure lawn furniture and trampolines

Take pictures of valuables, appliances, and other belongings

Park your car away from trees

Fill vehicles with gasoline

Fill tub with water for toilet flushing

Check on neighbors and the elderly

Do not approach down power lines

Evacuate if needed

Be safe and secure!

Written By

Photo of Brad HardisonBrad HardisonExtension Agent, Agriculture - Horticulture (910) 592-7161 (Office) brad_hardison@ncsu.eduSampson County, North Carolina
Posted on Sep 6, 2017
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