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Hurricane season is from June first through November 30th. Fayetteville is not on the coast, however in the past we have been hit by several hurricanes that brought a lot of damage from high winds and flooding. Being prepared is a must if you call Cumberland County, Fort Bragg, or any surrounding areas home.
Be sure to sign up for local alerts and warnings, whether through an app or your email. This will keep you informed of any big storms headed our way. This is also important because we do experience tornadoes here as well.
You will need in your hurricane kit:
-Water and food for a few days (enough for humans and pets)
-Canned food is the best option. Choose food that does not require anything added, like water or milk.
-Be well supplied with prescription medication that you and your family take regularly. If a storm comes through the pharmacies may have to close.
Have the necessities:
-Flashlights and light sources
-A well stocked first aid kit
-A weather radio (optional. Yours truly owns a battery and crank operated radio that can charge phones as well)
-A can opener
-Print out a medical care guide
Supplies for your car:
-Cans of gas
-You can also place extra food, water, a change of clothes, and blankets in your car when the storm rolls in, just in case you need to evacuate in a hurry.
For your home:
-Make sure that your insurance is up to date. If you suspect you will want flood insurance, you need it before the storm rolls in.
-(Optional) You can board up your doors and windows if you don’t own storm shutters.
-Prior to the storm, secure your fence gates and put any outdoor furniture in storage. Anything else that may be dislodged or moved in a windstorm should be secured or stored.
-Keep an eye on trees near your home and get them trimmed regularly.
-(Optional) purchase a generator. If you suspect your family will want a generator in the event of losing power for several days, make this purchase before there is a storm to avoid trying to buy one when everyone else wants one.
-Designate a safe room. This is also a good idea for tornado season. Identify a room or closet that has all interior walls and no windows. You and your family can retreat here if the storm is too severe and your home integrity is compromised.
-Stockpile emergency items, such as plywood, tarps/plastic, and sandbags
Collect and safeguard:
-Anything else you would not want to lose or be damaged should be kept in a waterproof container during the storm.
Make a family plan:
Just like you would for a house fire or a tornado warning, discuss with your family what your plan is. Know your evacuation route. Be aware of the news. Make sure your kids know how to contact you if you are not together. Know the location you will evacuate to. Write your plan down so that you have a hard copy to review.
Prepare your fridge and freezer (as a storm approaches):
-Eat perishables as a storm approaches in anticipation of the power going out
-Fill your fridge and freezer with bottles of water and sealed nonperishable foods. The more full your freezer is, the more likely it is to retain its temperature if the power goes out.
-Fill all spaces in your freezer with bags of ice and frozen water bottles.
-(Optional) Keep a separate cooler with the food you plan to eat. That way you don’t have to open your fridge or freezer if it loses power.
If you decide to stay home:
-Fill a bathtub with water. That will be enough water for about 3 days and to flush the toilet.
-If you run out of water, there is a lot of water in your water heater.
Check your hurricane kit every few months to make sure your food hasn’t expired and that your flashlights and other electronics work.
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