Last Updated on Friday, 31 August 2012 22:54
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.
Before the Storm
- Keep your vehicle gas tank above ½ full through the season.
- Consider the purchase of flood insurance, even if outside of a floodplain.
- Have cash on hand in small denominations for year-round preparedness.
- Maintain portable battery powered AM radio.
- Contact Pasquotank-Camden Emergency Management to register if you have a Special Medical Need,
- Register for DeltAlert-the Pasquotank-Camden Emergency Alert Notification System.
- Prepare your evacuation kit using the pertinent items in the following Emergency Essentials Kit checklist.
EMERGENCY KIT ESSENTIALS:
- Water - 1 gallon per person per day (a week's supply of water is preferable)
- Water purification kit or bleach
- First aid kit and first aid book
- Pre-cooked, non-perishable foods, such as canned meats, granola bars, instant soup & cereals, etc.
- Baby supplies: formula, bottle, pacifier, soap, baby powder, clothing, blankets, baby wipes, disposable diapers, canned food and juices
- Non-electric can opener
- Anti-bacterial hand wipes or gel
- Blanket or sleeping bag per person
- Portable radio or portable TV and extra batteries
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Essential medications
- Extra pair of eyeglasses
- Extra house and car keys
- Fire extinguisher - ABC-type
- Food, water, leash and carrier for pets
- Cash and change
- Seasonal change of clothing, including sturdy shoes
- Large plastic trash bags for waste, tarps and rain ponchos
- Large trash cans
- Bar soap and liquid detergent
- Toothpaste and toothbrushes
- Feminine hygiene supplies
- Toilet paper
- Household bleach
- Rubber gloves
Prepare Your Home
- Pre-cut and store away wood for boarding up your windows.
- Trim the trees and shrubs around your home.
- Perform a inventory of home contents (electronics, jewelry, appliances, clothing, etc.) and store in safe place.
- Clear loose and clogged downspouts and rain gutters.
- Take detailed photos(s)/videos(s) of home property and contents (internal and external) and store in safe place.
Before a Hurricane
- Secure or remove all items outside your home (grill, hanging plants, potted plants, etc.).
- Store all important documents (insurance papers, etc) in a waterproof container and in a secure location.
- Turn off propane tanks.
- Fill the bathtub and other large containers with water for sanitary purposes (cleaning, flushing toilets, etc.)
During the Storm
- Listen to LOCAL radio or TV for information.
- Turn the refrigerator and freezer to its coldest setting and keep its doors closed.
- Stay indoors during the storm and away from windows and glass doors.
- Close all interior doors.
- Take refuge in a small interior room, closet, or hallway on the lowest level of your home.
After the Storm
- If you are returning from evacuation - return only after the all clear is given for your area.
- Do not venture on to roads until you have been advised they are passable and safe.
- Carefully inspect your home and perform an exterior assessment for safety issues.
- Be on the lookout for downed power lines and if you see a downed power line, you should assume it is energized and stay away from it.
- If any safety issues are present, do not enter your home (gas smell, flood waters, fire damage, etc.).
- If any safety issues are present, have your home inspected by a qualified building inspector or engineer.
- Watch for and avoid loose animals and poisonous snakes.
- Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning hazards; DO NOT run generators, grills, or other gas operated appliances indoors.
- Have a fire extinguisher readily available in the case of a fire.
- Watch for safety hazards (loose boards, slippery floors, broken glass, etc.)
- Carefully check for damage to the roof, foundation, and chimney. If the building looks unstable do not enter.
- Use a stick or other tool to sift through debris.
- Open cabinets cautiously. Beware of objects that can fall off shelves.
- If you smell natural gas, leave the structure and contact your local gas utility company.
- Use a battery powered flashlight to inspect the structure. Do not use oil or gas lanterns or candles inside the structure.
- If structural damage is present, turn off utilities.
- Do not use electrical appliances that have been wet/damaged until checked by a professional.
- If on well water, check with local authorities or have well water tested before using any water (could be contaminated).
- Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they are functioning properly.
- If any damage is identified to your home, contact your insurance company to start a claim.
- Photograph and document any damage. Contact Pasquotank-Camden Emergency Management Agency at 335-4444 if you have sustained any structural damage to your home.
- Throw away any spoiled food items or those that have come in contact with flood waters. When in doubt throw it out!