Resources to Disaster / Emergency Preparedness

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1. Get a Kit

When an emergency strikes your family may be without power or access to grocery stores, running water or other day-to-day necessities. The best way to prepare for that is to build a Family Emergency Kit. The Kit should have some basic items- but should be tailored to you, your family, and your pets. Don’t forget to fill up your car with gas and have cash in hand in the event of a power outage!

Ready NC has a list you can use as a model and modify depending on your needs.

You can also refer to this information sheet from FEMA.

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2. Make a Plan

You and your family members may not be in the same place when an emergency happens. The best way to assure that you can make contact is to make a plan for how you all will check-in and get back together. Establish a family meeting place that’s familiar and easy to find. Be sure to include in your plan which items in your home may need to be secured so they don’t become projectiles in the event of high winds!

Think about reaching out to your neighbors and creating a group that can help each other in emergencies. If you have elderly neighbors, check on them to see if they need any assistance!

FEMA’s How to Prepare for a Hurricane
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3. Stay Informed

Make sure you stay in touch with OC Emergency Services for timely information updates regarding Hurricane Florence. Encourage your friends and family to register for OC Alerts

Here is information for websites that can help you stay informed (click link to get to their page):

NCSU NC Disaster Information Center

FEMA Flood Zones Map
North Carolina Flood Zones
ReadyOrange – Hurricanes
NC State Extension Disaster Preparedness – Food Safety
Disaster Supplemental Assistance Program
D-SNAP Informational Flyer

If you have questions, contact:

Ivelisse Colón, FCS Agent, N.C. Cooperative Extension, Orange County Center Phone: 919-245-2055 – Email