Now Is the Time to Prepare for Hurricane Irma

Posted On September 6, 2017— Written By N.C. Cooperative Extension

Hurricane IrmaNow is the time to make preparations to protect yourself and your property from whatever Hurricane Irma might bring. All of North Carolina may be impacted by this powerful storm and everyone should prepare now and stay alert as the storm’s path becomes more evident.

Look around your house and yard. Is there anything that might become airborne in strong winds (container plants, hanging baskets, tools, lawn furniture, toys, bicycles, bird feeders, playhouses and doghouses, etc.)? Either plan to bring these items inside, move them to a safe area or secure them in place.

Some other things to think of as the storm approaches is making sure that you have at least a 3 day supply of drinking water. Be prepared in case the storm brings power outages and you have to live without water or electricity. Check your food supply. Make sure you have some pre-packaged foods that can be prepared without cooking.

Another important item to remember is to get cash from your bank account. ATMs may not work and stores may only be able to accept cash if credit card systems are down. Make sure that your vehicles are filled with fuel.

When Flooded Turn Around Don't DrownOne of the major concerns with a hurricane is flooding. Remember never to drive through flood waters. You cannot see what is or is not under the water. The roadway that used to be there may be gone. It only takes a few inches of water to float a vehicle. Play it safe. Turn around, don’t drown.

Stay tuned to local media or online sources for weather updates and listen for information from local authorities on evacuations, local hazards and other important news.

The following N.C. Cooperative Extension factsheets may be helpful in preparing or recovering after the storm.