Preparing for Disasters and Storms

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Ready NC dot gov image Plan Prepare Stay InformedEven though the hurricane season seemed to be light this year, we are seeing storms coming in and even affecting our WNC mountain area. There are state resources that can help you prepare for disasters like storms, flooding and power outages. Here are a few that you may want to keep bookmarked or print off information in case you find yourself caught in a disaster. This information can also be helpful for power outages from heavy thunderstorms and winter snow storms.

First – if you don’t have a plan, you should create one for your family. Every household needs an emergency plan to know where you will go if you have to evacuate, and how you will communicate. it’s important to know how you’ll reconnect if separated. At Ready NC Plan form you can create a Family Emergency Communication Plan, which you can email as a PDF file once complete.

The Ready NC site has a lot of information that can be useful in preparing for emergencies such as natural disasters. It is a good idea to have an emergency financial plan and have copies of important documents. Financial and document Plan  Ready NC also has ways to sign up for alerts and updates so that you can stay informed when a disaster may be occurring.

Hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, ice storms and other natural disasters can cause power outages or water damage that can put refrigerated, frozen and dry foods at risk. NC State Safe Plates team has resources for how to handle food when disaster strikes.

Visit the following pages for resources about disaster preparedness and recovery: Power Outages (Apagónes)

Boil Water Advisories (Avisos Sobre Hervir el Agua)

Hurricanes (Huracanes)

Winter Storms (Tormentas de Invierno)

Flooding (Inundación)

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Cathy Hohenstein, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionCathy Hohenstein, R.D.Area Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences, Food Safety and Preparation, Nutrition Call Cathy Email Cathy N.C. Cooperative Extension, Buncombe County Center
Posted on Sep 27, 2022
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