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NC Hurricane Season: Be Prepared

Photo: The North Carolina Department of Public Safety advises people to evacuate when asked in the event of a hurricane or other extreme weather. Photo credit: grafixar/morguefile.com
Photo: The North Carolina Department of Public Safety advises people to evacuate when asked in the event of a hurricane or other extreme weather. Photo credit: grafixar/morguefile.com
June 1, 2015

WILMINGTON, N.C. – Today marks the beginning of hurricane season that runs until Nov. 30.

With extreme weather impacting many parts of the Midwest and Southeast over the weekend, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding citizens about the importance of being prepared for hurricanes or other natural disasters.

Julia Jarema, a department spokeswoman, says you don't have to live at the beach to be impacted.

"All parts of North Carolina are susceptible to hurricanes,” she points out. “We've seen that over the course of the years, that water can come down and have flooding problems, or you can also see storm surge along some of the lakes and rivers where the water gets pushed in from the sea and rises up. "

The DPS urges residents to be familiar with the evacuation routes and location of emergency shelters.

In addition, it advises: make sure all vehicles have a full tank of gas well in advance of a storm, withdraw cash from the bank and keep nonperishable, easily prepared food items on hand.

Jarema says in addition to a lack of preparation, people can put themselves at risk by not heeding evacuation orders when issued.

"It can become too late very quickly, and that is why it is so important to stay informed,” she stresses. “Listen to those local emergency managers, listen to your local officials, listen to the news forecasts and really pay attention. They do not want to evacuate any areas unless they absolutely have to."

The DPS also advises you to keep a photo I.D. on hand that shows your home address if you do have to evacuate. Also, be wary of flooded or washed-out roads.

According to state data, North Carolina has been hit by more than 47 hurricanes since 1851, and 12 of those were considered major storms.


Stephanie Carson, Public News Service - NC