Emergency Information



Be familiar with the threats

    • Thunderstorms/Lightning: All thunderstorms are dangerous because every thunderstorm produces lightning. Lightning can kill or seriously hurt people. Thunderstorms are also dangerous because they can lead to flash floods.


    • Flooding: Failing to evacuate flooded areas, entering flood waters, or remaining after a flood has passed can result in injury or death. Flooding is a temporary overflow of water onto land that is normally dry. Floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States. Floods may result from rain, snow, coastal storms, storm surges, and overflows of dams and other water systems.


    • Tornadoes: Tornadoes can destroy buildings, flip cars, and create deadly deadly flying debris. Tornadoes are violently rotating columns of air that extend from a thunderstorm to the ground. Tornadoes can happen anytime and anywhere; bring intense wind over 200 MPH; and look like funnels.


    • Hail: When a severe thunderstorm warning is issued, large hail may pelt you, your home, your pets, and your property. These warnings are issued when a severe thunderstorm is indicated by radar, or reported by a reliable source. You should move to a safe place immediately. If time permits, consider moving vehicles into sheltered areas (garages, carports, etc.) and provide shelter for pets.


    • High Winds: While high winds are commonly associated with severe thunderstorms, hurricanes and nor'easters, they may also occur as a result of differences in air pressures, such as when a cold front passes across the area. March and April are the most likely months for this phenomenon. High winds can cause downed trees and power lines, flying debris and building collapses, which may lead to power outages, transportation disruptions, damage to buildings and vehicles, and injury or death.

Know where to get information

  • National Weather Service/Weather Radio
  • Local Media – stay tuned to local media outlets for updates on severe weather.
  • Ready.gov and ReadyNC.org – find preparedness information for all types of hazards and learn how to preparedness tips for your family.

Get Prepared Ahead of Time

Discuss your emergency plan with your family

  • The time to plan for an emergency is before the emergency happens, this allows time for planning when you are not under pressure. If you wait until an emergency is at your doorstep, the odds are that you will be under duress and could make the wrong decisions.

  • Take time now to write down your plan.

  • Document your valuables and possessions with a camera or video camera prior to an emergency.

  • Gather all vital documents, like passports and medical records, and put them somewhere that you can quickly access.

  • Make planning and preparedness a family affair to ensure everyone knows what to do.

  • Don't forget to include pets in the planning process.

  • Every plan should include a kit with emergency supplies.

  • Know where you will go if you must evacuate and share that information with family members and have an out-of-state friend if possible as a family contact who knows your plan and where you will go during an emergency, this way all family members have a single point of contact.

Make a kit

  • Water – 1 gallon per person per day for 3 to 7 days.

  • Food- Non-perishable and canned food supply for 3 to 7 days.

  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radio with extra batteries.

  • Cell phone with charger.

  • First aid kit and first aid book.

  • Flashlight with extra batteries.

  • Manual can opener for food.

  • Anti-bacterial hand wipes or gel.

  • Wrench or pliers to turn off water.

  • Blanket or sleeping bag – 1 per person.

  • Prescription medications and glasses.

  • Seasonal change of clothing, including sturdy, closed toed shoes.

  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, and other hygiene supplies.

  • Extra keys for cars and house.

  • Important documents such as insurance policies, copies of driver's license, social security card, and bank records.

  • Fire Extinguisher

  • Cash and Change

  • Books, games or cards.

  • Ensure that family members with unique or special needs have adequate supplies in the emergency kit. This could include items for babies and those with functional asset needs.

  • Don't forget to include your pet when building an emergency kit. This kit should be kept with the family kit. To find more about the items needed in your pet kit, check out: https://readync.org/EN/Plan_GetAKit.html

Know How to Respond