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September 10
​Wake County Urges Residents to Update Emergency Plans and Kits

With powerful Hurricane Florence tracking toward North Carolina, Wake County Emergency Management staff urge residents to update their emergency plans and kits.

“Based on the current forecast, this hurricane has the potential to bring high winds and heavy rain to Wake County, which could lead to downed trees and power lines and flooding,” said Wake County Deputy Fire Services Director Josh Creighton, who oversees emergency management efforts. “People need to take this storm seriously and prepare accordingly.”

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, medications, ID tags, muzzle, first aid kit and vaccination records; and
  • A plan for those under your care who are unable to help themselves.
Wake County residents are also encouraged to sign up to receive ReadyWake emergency alerts. They can choose to get important information delivered directly to them by text, email or phone. Learn more at readywake.com.

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