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May 05
Wake County Urges Residents to Update Emergency Plans and Kits

May 7–13 is Hurricane Preparedness Week

Hurricane Preparedness Week starts on Monday, May 7, and the Wake County Division of Emergency Management encourages residents to take this time to update their emergency plans and supply kits.

“Although hurricane season doesn’t officially begin until June, it’s important to prepare now before storms strike,” said Josh Creighton, Deputy Director, Emergency Management . “In addition to getting plans in place and restocking supplies, we also urge residents to sign up to receive ReadyWake Alerts from our new emergency notification system.”

Residents, businesses and visitors can sign up now at Readywake.com, so they can be notified  about imminent threats to health and safety as well as informational notifications that affect their locations and work environments. 

Wake County also urges everyone to assemble emergency supply kits, then make and rehearse plans for where to go and what to do if a hurricane threatens the area.

An emergency kit should contain enough non-perishable food and a gallon of water per person per day to last three to seven days. Other essential items include:

  • Copies of insurance papers and identification sealed in a watertight plastic bag;
  • First-aid kit;
  • Weather radio and batteries;
  • Supply of prescription medicines;
  • Sleeping bag or blankets;
  • Changes of clothes;
  • Hygiene items such as toothbrush, toothpaste, soap and deodorant;
  • Cash or checkbook;
  • Pet supplies including food, water, leashes, bedding, muzzle and vaccination records; and
  • A plan for those under your care who are unable to help themselves.

Residents should review and update their homeowners' or renters’ insurance policies to make sure they include coverage for accidental damage, natural disasters and, if necessary, flood insurance.

People should stay informed during a storm by keeping a battery-powered radio for weather and evacuation information and should know evacuation routes in their community. They also need to heed the warnings of state and local officials and evacuate quickly when told to do so.

Residents can evacuate their homes with their small, domestic pets to specially designated pet-friendly shelters. Pet shelters will be equipped with pet crates, but people should bring feeding dishes, food and water, immunization papers and other pet supplies.

Hurricane Preparedness Week runs through May 13. Hurricane season officially begins June 1 and continues through November. Traditionally, mid-August to mid-October is the most active time for hurricanes in North Carolina.





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