Hurricane Florence Update 09/12

Friends,

Hurricane Florence is expected to bring life-threatening storm surge, wind, rain and flooding to North Carolina in the next day as it approaches the coast as a major hurricane. Just in the last few hours we have seen the storm’s path take it closer to Mecklenburg County. If you have not yet made your preparations for the storm, I urge you to do so now before the storm arrives.

Within the next 36 hours, North Carolina is going to see the dangerous, possibly deadly effects of a major hurricane as Florence bears down on our coast. It’s imperative that North Carolinians take this threat seriously and prepare themselves now so they can safely make it through the storm and its aftereffects.

Please continue to monitor the situation as the storm approaches and be prepared to evacuate should it become necessary. You should use the below checklist to make sure you are properly prepared in advance of the storm.

  • Download this app from ReadyNC.org for Hurricane preparedness, shelter locations, traffic, weather, and more. https://readync.org/en/downloadapp.html
  • Turn on your TV or radio in order to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.
  • Restock your emergency preparedness kit. Include food and water sufficient for at least three days, medications, a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.
  • Plan how to communicate with family members if you lose power. For example, you can call, text, email or use social media. Remember that during disasters, sending text messages is usually reliable and faster than making phone calls because phone lines are often overloaded.
  • Charge your cell phone now so you will have a full battery in case you lose power.
  • Review your evacuation zone, evacuation route and shelter locations. Plan with your family. You may have to leave quickly so plan ahead.
  • Keep your car in good working condition, and keep the gas tank full; stock your vehicle with emergency supplies and a change of clothes.
  • Bookmark your city or county website for quick access to storm updates and emergency instructions.
  • Bring loose, lightweight objects inside that could become projectiles in high winds (e.g., patio furniture, garbage cans); anchor objects that would be unsafe to bring inside (e.g., propane tanks); and trim or remove trees close enough to fall on the building.
  • Cover all of your home’s windows. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. A second option is to board up windows with 5/8” exterior grade or marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install.

The following websites can provide additional information for you to prepare ahead of the storm’s arrival:

https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes
https://www.weather.gov/safety/hurricane

Thank you and please stay safe,

Senator Jeff Tarte