National Hurricane Preparedness Week: Be Prepared!

Posted May 23, 2014 at 12:46 pm     Category: Emergency Management and 911News Release

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – New Hanover County Emergency Management is joining its federal, state and local partners to commemorate Hurricane Preparedness Week by sharing critical information about the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season which starts on June 1 and ends on Nov. 30.

The week-long campaign not only provides an opportunity for emergency management experts to remind everyone about this year’s hurricane season outlook and how to prepare in advance, but it also gives individuals, families, and community organizations a chance to take action now and prepare for an emergency.

New Hanover County Emergency Management encourages residents to take the time now to prepare their families and businesses for hurricanes and tropical storms before a disaster strikes.

  • Sunday, May 25: Hurricane Basics – Hurricane Preparedness Week 2014 begins with an observation of the history and basics of hurricanes, followed by a focus on these storms most dangerous threats and how to prepare. YouTube: EN ES
  • Monday, May 26: Storm Surge – Responsible for the greatest number of hurricane fatalities, storm surge is water that is pushed toward the shore by the force of winds swirling around a hurricane. Water weighs approximately 1,700 pounds per cubic yard, so extended pounding by frequent waves can demolish any structure not specifically designed to withstand such forces. Storm surge flooding can extend far inland. YouTube: EN ES
  • Tuesday, May 27: High Winds – Hurricanes can produce high winds that add to a storm’s destructive power. Hurricane force winds can easily destroy poorly constructed buildings and mobile homes. The strongest winds usually occur in the right side of the eyewall of the hurricane. Wind speed usually decreases significantly within 12 hours after landfall. However, winds can stay above hurricane strength well inland. YouTube: EN ES
  • Wednesday, May 28: Inland Flooding – Inland flooding can be a major threat to communities hundreds of miles from the coast, as some of the greatest rainfall amounts occur from storms that drift slowly or stall over an area. YouTube: EN ES
  • Thursday, May 29: Forecast Process – Staying informed about hurricane forecasts is critical to being prepared for these threats. In forecasting, a hurricane watch means hurricane conditions, with sustained winds greater than 73 mph, are possible in your area within 48 hours. A hurricane warning means hurricane conditions are expected in your area in 36 hours or less. YouTube: EN ES
  • Friday, May 30: Get a Plan! – To be fully prepared for hurricane season, every household should have a communications plan to reconnect in an emergency and a Ready kit of emergency supplies for both the home and the car in case of evacuation. Don’t forget seniors, people with disabilities and pets. A customized communications plan and Ready kit checklist can be created at http://www.ready.gov, where a list of basic supplies is also available. YouTube: EN ES
  • Saturday, May 31: Take Action – Whether you live on the immediate coast or further inland, take action to prepare for hurricanes and their hazards by developing a family disaster plan and evacuation route. Know how you will leave if you are advised to evacuate and where you will go. YouTube: EN ES

For preparedness on the go, families can download the ReadyNC mobile app to learn how to prepare for emergencies, create family communication plans, obtain a list of Ready kit supplies and even find local shelter locations in the wake of a disaster. The ReadyNC app is free and available now in the Apple AppStore and Google Play for Android devices.

For more information, visit New Hanover County Emergency Management online at www.nhcgov.com/EM911 or call (910) 798-6900. Residents and visitors of New Hanover County may sign up to receive emergency communications during an emergency at emergency.nhcgov.com.

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Media Contact:

Charles Smith
Public Information Officer
(910) 798-7446

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