Hazards: Preparedness tips for man-made, natural, and technological hazards.

Extreme Heat

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Extreme heat is more than an issue of comfort, it can be deadly!

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Floods

DO NOT DRIVE THROUGH FLOWING WATER!!!Turn Around Don't Drown
 
Every year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other severe weather related hazard.
People underestimate the force and power of water.
  • Just 6 inches of fast-moving water can known over an adult.
  • Two feet or water will carry most vehicles away (including SUV's and trucks).

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Hazardous Materials

Hazardous materials are chemical substances, which if released or misused can pose a threat to the environment or health of a community. A hazardous materials accident can occur anywhere where chemicals are used in industry, agriculture, medicine, research and consumer goods throughout Pasquotank and Camden Counties. Communities located near chemical manufacturing or storage plants are particularly at risk, however, the greatest risk in our area are from the hazardous materials being transported on our roadways daily.

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Hurricanes

Basic Hurricane Preparations

Assemble your Emergency Supply Kit

  • Fill your car’s gas tank
  • Store or tie down all outside objects
  • Board up windows
  • Fill your bathtub/spare containers with water
  • Monitor LOCAL TV/radio for information relating to your community
  • Make arrangements for care of pets.
  • Know the location of emergency shelters.
  • Have phone numbers of a pre-designated contact person for family members to call should you become separated.

 

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Terrorism

 

Warning Signs of Terrorism

 Stay Alert – Report Suspicious Action

 

Surveillance

Terrorists may observe a chosen target during the planning phase of an operation to determine the strengths, weaknesses and number of emergency personnel that might respond to an incident. Suspicious actions during this phase may include:

  • Recording or monitoring activities (mobile or fixed target).
  • Photography of targets, creation of maps and diagrams.
  • Attempts to obtain blue-prints of government buildings and utility facilities.
  • Using Binoculars or Night Vision Devices.
  • Vehicles appearing repeatedly without an obvious purpose (i.e., repair vans that do not repair anything).

 

Targets could include financial institutions, government or military facilities, shopping malls, or critical infrastructure – power plants, ports, and bridges.

 

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Thunderstorms

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  • Lightning...
  • Strong Winds...
  • Flash Flooding...
  • Hail...
  • Tornadoes...

 

 

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Tornadoes

A tornado is a violently rotating column of air exte1194710 65328329nding from a thunderstorm to the ground. The winds in a tornado can exceed those measured in the most intense hurricanes. The most violent tornadoes are capable of tremendous destruction with wind speeds of 250 mph or more. These violent winds are what make tornadoes so deadly - they can uproot and snap trees, down power lines, move or pick up cars and trucks, and destroy homes. In addition, the wind-thrown debris poses a serious hazard to people in the path of a tornado. The damage path of tornadoes can be very short, or they can be in excess of one mile wide and 50 miles long. Tornadoes that form over a body of water are called waterspouts.    

 

 

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Wild Fire

Each year more and more people are making their homes in woodland settings, and while homeowners enjoy the beauty of this rural environment they may also face the very real danger of wildfire.

It is important to reduce your risk to wildfires as they can spread quickly, igniting brush, trees, and homes. Meet with your family to decide what to do and where to go if wildfires threaten your area. Follow the steps listed below to protect your family, home, and property.

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