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 occur while people are in their cars. Keep yourself and your family safe by being prepared for the worst.
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
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
Nonperishable packaged or canned food and juices are best!
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. Call us to find out what is protected under your current policy and how you can better be prepared for unforeseen natural disasters. As the storms develop, following a North Carolina hurricane preparedness checklists can help you be one step ahead!