2018 Disaster Preparedness Guide

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A Special Supplement to THE COASTLAND TIMES


Storm surge overtakes Rodanthe in October 2008 following what forecasters called “a garden-variety nor’easter.” Oceanfront homes were destroyed and NC 12 washed out.

Disaster preparedness: It’s all about planning Hurricane season is upon us, and it’s time to make a plan. What will you do in an emergency, where will you get up-to-date-information, what should you have on hand if stranded, where will you go if evacuated, where will you take your pets? Due to the high frequency of hurricanes in the Outer Banks, it’s a good time to formulate emergency plans. But hurricanes aren’t the only disasters you may encounter. Winter storms, wind damage, fires and even major, debilitating traffic incidents may make it necessary for families to rely on emergency plans. Authorities say evacuation plans should include what route you will take, what vehicles you will use, and where you will stay. Do you have a plan in place if communication lines and/or cell phone towers fail? When cell networks are overloaded,

texts and social media posts are more likely to make it through. Designate a meeting area and a backup meeting location for your family. Make plans to check-in with a designated family member or friend who lives in a different area. When local networks are jammed, often times long-distance calls will go through. Families should also build an emergency kit This is a list of basic items every emergency supply kit should include. However, it is important individuals review this list and consider unique circumstances of their family in order to create an emergency supply kit that will meet their needs. For more information about emergency supply kits, visit readync.gov. Area residents are advised to have on hand enough supplies to be self-sufficient for at least three days. At minimum, kits should include water enough for one


Storm surge from a storm in October 2014 washes out part of NC 12 in Kitty Hawk.

gallon per person, per day for at least three days; non-perishable food, emergency light sources, a portable radio, extra batteries, a first aid kit, medications, infant and pet supplies, one blanket

per person and important family documents. Stay up-to-date with emergency alerts provided by your county, along with ReadyNC. gov, which also provides a free

mobile app. Sign up for Dare County emergency alerts at darenc.com or mobile users can text “DareEmergencyAlerts” to 30890 to sign up for text alerts.

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