Keep an eye on this hurricane safety info

Leo Caplanides
Leo.Caplanides@ci.charlotte.nc.us
5/11/2020

Though spring is in full bloom and our minds are focused on health and safety issues, hurricane season is around the corner and it is time to prepare.

Hurricane season runs from the beginning of June to the end of November. North Carolina is no stranger to these massive storms, having directly been hit by more than 85 storms between 1851 and 2019. To help residents remain safe, Charlotte is joining cities and towns across the country to observe National Hurricane Preparedness Week from May 3-9, 2020.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services reminds residents that while tropical systems often bring a threat of high winds to our area, flooding remains a major concern. Please remember to never drive through floodwater.

Here are some important things to know before and during a hurricane.

Be prepared:

  • Make an emergency plan.

  • Sign up for CharMeck Alerts to receive important updates.

  • Know your area's flood risk. You can find information about floodplains and search for your address using the interactive 3D Floodzone Map.

  • Learn about the Flood Information Notification System (FINS), which includes real-time data for more than 50 stream gauges and 70 rain gauges in our area.

  • Understand the difference between a hurricane warning, watch and advisory.

  • Get flood insurance. Typical homeowner and renter insurance policies don't cover flooding, but the National Flood Insurance Program is available to all. There is a 30-day waiting period before flood insurance policies take effect, so don't wait until the last minute.

  • Check and clean storm drains before heavy rains arrive or call 311 to report blockages.

More tips can be found at ready.gov/hurricanes.

During a hurricane or tropical storm:

  • During the storm, call 911 for any life-threatening situations or to report limbs or trees blocking roadways.

  • Do not attempt to clear storm drains or storm drainage pipes.

  • Stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary.

  • Turn around, don't drown. One foot of moving water could float and sweep your vehicle away.

For more information on Hurricane Preparedness Week, follow Storm Water Services on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.