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North Carolina Hurricane Preparedness Checklist

Hurricane season takes place June 1 – November 30 every year.  Don’t wait to have a plan in place for the upcoming hurricane season.  Although most North Carolina residents don’t live on the coast, we are still at risk of severe impacts from Hurricanes.  After the impact of Hurricane Matthew in October 2016, Fayetteville residents are aware of the devastation and destruction that hurricanes can bring. More than half of all hurricane deaths are caused by flooding, and the majority of those deaths happen while people are in their cars. It is important to keep you and your family safe and prepared for upcoming storms.

Ways to Prepare Your Home

In the Triangle we are most at risk for wind and flood damage. Although you can’t totally prevent the impact of the storm, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk of damage. Here are a few ways to prepare your North Carolina home for hurricanes:

  • Trim damaged trees or branches so they’re less likely to fall during the storm
  • Secure all gutters and downspouts and clear them out to prevent home flooding
  • Cover your air conditioning unit so debris does not damage it
  • Bring your lawn furniture inside

Checklist

Although most homeowners in North Carolina won’t have to evacuate when hurricanes hit the coast, we should still be prepared for loss of power and accessibility to general needs like food and water. Don’t wait to begin gathering these items until the storm is already on its way. It’s a good idea to have these items on hand throughout the entire hurricane season, June through November.

  • Enough water for three to seven days
  • Enough food for three to seven days
  • Non-perishable packaged, or canned food and juices
  • Paper plates and plastic utensils
  • Pet care items
  • Important documents (birth certificates, Social Security card, etc.) in a waterproof container
  • First-aid kit, medicines, and prescription drugs
  • Toiletries, hygiene items and moisture wipes
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Cash (with some small bills)
  • A full tank of gas

Keep Your Home and Family Safe

It’s important to know that standard homeowners insurance does not cover flood damage from a hurricane. Contact us to find out what’s protected under your current policy and how you can better be prepared for unforeseen natural disasters. Flood insurance and wind insurance are very important in protecting your home. As the storms develop, following a North Carolina hurricane preparedness checklist can help you be one step ahead! 

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