Hurricane Preparation

When a Hurricane Watch is Issued
  • A hurricane watch is when hurricane conditions are possible in a specified area, usually within 36 hours
  • As with any storm, it’s a good idea to be prepared for potential outages
  • Extensive hurricane information is available, while basic information follows for preparing for a hurricane
  • Store your outage preparedness kit in a designated place so it is easy to find should the need arise

Some things to do or include:

  • Store canned or package foods, powdered milk and beverages, dry cereal, canned tuna fish, peanut butter, crackers, etc. (at least a three-day non-perishable food supply)
  • Water (for drinking purposes, one gallon per person per day; fill bathtub and other containers)
  • A first aid kit
  • Water purification tablets (these can be purchased at your local pharmacy)
  • Bleach (without lemon or any other additives)
  • Refill prescription medicine and/or medical supplies
  • Candles, matches, and lantern
  • Fuel (be sure to fill up your car’s gas tank when storm warnings are set)
  • Fire extinguisher
  • A battery-operated radio
  • Flashlights and extra batteries
  • Toiletries
  • A can opener (non-electric)
  • Disposable plates and eating utensils
  • Emergency cooking facilities
  • Baby food, diapers, and formula
  • A portable cooler
  • Extra blankets or sleeping bags
Disaster Planning
  • North Carolina has had more than its share of natural disasters and storms, including hurricanes, over the past few years
  • The best way to survive and endure a hurricane is to prepare for it before hand

Your North Carolina Touchstone Energy cooperative offers the following tips to help you prepare your family for a hurricane:

  • Discuss the type of hazards that could affect your family
    • Know your home’s vulnerability to storm surge, flooding and wind
  • Locate a safe room or the safest areas in your home for each hurricane hazard
    • In certain circumstances the safest areas may not be in your home but within your community
  • Determine escape routes from your home and places to meet
    • These should be measured in tens of miles rather than hundreds of miles
  • Have an out-of-state friend as a family contact, so all your family members have a single point of contact
  • Make a plan now for what to do with your pets if you need to evacuate
  • Post emergency telephone numbers by your phones, and make sure your children know how and when to call 911
  • Check your insurance coverage – flood damage is not usually covered by homeowners insurance
  • Stock non-perishable emergency supplies and a disaster supply kit
  • Monitor the radio and make sure you have plenty of batteries in case the power goes out
    • Replace its battery every six months, as you do with your smoke detectors
  • Take First Aid, CPR and disaster preparedness classes