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Hurricane Florence Tips

September 15, 2018

We would like to give you some useful information that will help you be prepared as should a hurricane approach.

 

You should monitor the storm on the local radio and television stations for regular updates and possible threat to Charlotte. You can also monitor the storm by using the website: www.nhc.noaa.gov

 

What To Do When A Hurricane Comes:

  • Make sure that you bring inside all outdoor objects on your patio so that they do not become flying missiles.
  • Plan an evacuation route. The closest evacuation routes are posted on all major roads and highways.
  • Fill your vehicles up with gas immediately. Be ready to drive 20 to 50 minutes to a safe place until the storm has moved away if necessary.

 

Have Disaster Supplies On Hand:

  • Flashlights and batteries
  • Portable, battery or operated radio and extra batteries
  • First aid kit and manual
  • Emergency food and water for at least 3 days
  • Water: one gallon per person per day is a reasonable supply. This does not include water for bathing, washing clothes or dishes
  • A manual can opener
  • Several towels
  • Essential medications (7-day supply) and medical items (hearing aids and batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, cane)
  • Portable Oxygen, if required
  • Cash and credit cards
  • Copies of insurance documents
  • Photos of valuables
  • Store valuables and personal papers (passports, birth certificates, etc.) in a waterproof container on the highest level of your home.
  • Duplicate important records/papers and move them to a secure location. Back-ups of important computer records should be current, and kept in a secure location - preferably off-site and in a hurricane-safe area.
  • Turn refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting. Open only when necessary and close quickly.
  • Baby Supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers, etc.)

 

Make Arrangement for Your Pets:

  • Pets may not be allowed into emergency shelters for health and space reasons.
  • Contact the Humane Society of Charlotte (704) 377-0534 for information on local animal shelters.
  • Your veterinarian may also offer lodging for your pet

 

Develop an Emergency Communication Plan:

  • In case family members are separated from one another during a disaster, have a plan for getting back together.
  • Tell someone outside of the storm area where you are going
  • Obtain all phone numbers including local area emergency management’s services

 

If Officials Indicate Evacuation is Necessary:

  • Leave as soon as possible to avoid flooded roads.
  • Secure your apartment by unplugging appliances and turning off electricity.
  • If time permits, elevate furniture to protect it from flooding
  • Take pre-assembled emergency supplies, warm protective clothing, blankets and sleeping bags to shelters.
  • Lock your home and leave

 

EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS - NC

 

For All Life Threatening Emergencies  

911  

Charlotte Fire Rescue 

704-399-1532 

Charlotte Police Department 

Special Needs- Charlotte County 

704-544-4835 

704-557-9637  

Charlotte Emergency Management 

704-336-2412  

American Red Cross (Shelter Information) 

704-943-6700 

Duke Energy

1-800-521-2232  

· National Hurricane Center 

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/  

· National Weather Service 

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/ 

· List of pet-friendly hotels 

http://www.bringfido.com/lodging/city/charlotte_nc_us/

· Duke Energy Storm Center 

https://www.duke-energy.com/news/outage-information.asp  

· Federal Emergency Mgmt. Agency 

http://www.fema.gov/ 

· American Red Cross of North Carolina

http://www.redcross.org/local/north-carolina/western-north-carolina 

· American Red Cross - National 

http://www.redcross.org/services/disaster 

·NC Emergency Management 

http://www.ncdps.gov/Our-Organization/Emergency-Management  

· Charlotte Office of Emergency Mgmt.

http://www.charmeckem.net/

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