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.



  • 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


Sanitation supplies:

  • Large plastic trash bags for waste, tarps and rain ponchos
  • Large trash cans
  • Bar soap and liquid detergent
  • Shampoo
  • 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.


Damage Assessment

  • 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!