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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:


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




For All Life Threatening Emergencies  


Charlotte Fire Rescue 


Charlotte Police Department 

Special Needs- Charlotte County 



Charlotte Emergency Management 


American Red Cross (Shelter Information) 


Duke Energy


· National Hurricane Center  

· National Weather Service 

· List of pet-friendly hotels

· Duke Energy Storm Center  

· Federal Emergency Mgmt. Agency 

· American Red Cross of North Carolina 

· American Red Cross - National 

·NC Emergency Management  

· Charlotte Office of Emergency Mgmt.

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