Thursday, May 09, 2019
Hurricane season runs from June through November, and Gov. Roy Cooper has declared this week (May 5-11) as Hurricane Preparedness Week. Hurricanes Florence and Michael caused devastation across North Carolina last year – we should all begin now to prepare for hurricanes and any damage they may cause this year.
To get ready, begin assembling an emergency supply kit that you can take with you if a storm hits. You should include essential items like food, changes of clothes, back-up cash, hygiene items, and a first aid kit. You should also include copies of all important documents, including drivers’ license information, mortgage and insurance documents, bank account information, Social Security and health insurance cards, and passports. And don’t forget to take your bills – creditors will still expect payments to be on time. Store another copy of those documents in your bank safety deposit box as well.
Inventory your home and car by taking video and photos of every area. If you need to submit an insurance claim because of damage, these records will make the process simpler.
Keep a battery-powered radio on hand. Even in a power outage, you’ll be able to stay updated on the weather and get important alerts from government and law enforcement officials.
If a storm hits and the governor declares a state of emergency, North Carolina’s price gouging law will go into effect immediately. This law makes it illegal to raise prices or charge too much during a crisis. Our office is committed to holding price gougers accountable and you can report it at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or file a complaint online.
And remember –safety first. If you’re asked to evacuate, it’s best to do so as quickly as possible. Know your evacuation route, and make sure you’ve discussed it with everyone else in your household. Don’t lose time by stopping to gather personal items.
For more general tips on preparing for a disaster, visit readync.org.