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North Carolina and three other southern states lead the nation in the number of billion-dollar
weather-related disasters since 1980. Most of those disasters
are tropical-storm related.
The North Carolina coast is the most vulnerable to a direct hurricane strike,
but inland cities and towns across the state can also be devastated by the high
winds and potential tornados, storm surges, flooding and landslides from
hurricanes and tropical storms.
During hurricane season, from June 1 to November 30, you should have a family
emergency plan in place and a family emergency supplies kit assembled.
evacuation routes and locate your local emergency shelters.
Don't get caught
by surprise. There is not enough time to think of everything you need to do when
a hurricane gets close.
As a hurricane
moves closer to your area, begin monitoring the weather reports every hour.
watches and warnings.
Put fuel in all
vehicles and withdraw some cash from the bank. Gas stations and banks may be
closed after a hurricane.
ask you to evacuate, do so promptly.
If you evacuate,
be alert to flooded or washed-out roads. Just a few inches of water can float a
car. Remember: Turn Around, Don't Drown.
Keep a photo
I.D. that shows your home address. This may become important when asking a
police officer or National Guard member for permission to re-enter your
There is never
enough time to get ready for nature's fiercest weather. Give yourself and your
family a head start.
For more information on getting ready for a hurricane, go to