2019 National Hurricane Preparedness Week

— Written By NC State Extension National Hurricane Preparedness Week - May 5-11, 2019

This week is National Hurricane Preparedness Week and now is the time to start getting ready. Hurricane season officially kicks off on June 1, but you can do many things now to help you weather a storm. Each day of the week provides a new tip and you can find each of them below.


Sunday, May 5

Determine Your Risk flyer imageThe threats from hurricanes to you and your family can vary widely depending on where you live. It’s not just those along the coast that can experience significant, life-threatening impacts. Evaluate what you need to do to protect your home and family NOW, before the first storm of the season even forms.

National Hurricane Preparedness

Monday, May 6

Develop an Evacuation PlanTake some time this week – Hurricane Preparedness Week – to make sure you have a hurricane evacuation plan. The first thing you need to do is find out if you live in a storm surge hurricane evacuation zone or if you’re in a home that would be unsafe during a hurricane. If you are, figure out where you’d go and how you’d get there if told to evacuate. You do not need to travel hundreds of miles. Identify someone, perhaps a friend or relative who doesn’t live in an evacuation zone or unsafe home, and coordinate with them to use their home as your evacuation destination. Be sure to account for your pets, as most local shelters do not permit them. Put the plan in writing for you and those you care about.

National Hurricane Preparedness

Tuesday, May 7

Assemble Disaster SuppliesJust having enough supplies to make it through a hurricane isn’t enough. You need plenty to make it through what could be a LONG recovery period too. Water and electricity could be out for a week or more. Have enough non-perishable food, water, and medicine to last each person in your family for a MINIMUM of one week. Also make sure you have extra cash, a battery-powered radio, flashlights, and a portable crank or solar powered USB charger to charge your cell phone.

Build a Kit

Wednesday, May 8

Get an insurance checkupThis Hurricane Preparedness Week, call your insurance company or agent and ask for an insurance checkup to make sure you have enough homeowners insurance to repair or even replace your home. …and remember, standard homeowners insurance doesn’t cover flooding. Whether you’re a homeowner or renter, you’ll need a separate policy for flooding. Act now as flood insurance requires a 30-day waiting period.

National Flood Insurance Program

Thursday, May 9

strengthen your homeIf you plan to ride out a hurricane in your home, make sure it is in good repair and up to local hurricane building code specifications. Have the proper plywood, steel or aluminum panels to board up the windows and doors. Remember, the garage door is the most vulnerable part of the home, so it must be able to withstand high winds.

What is Mitigation?

Friday, May 10

Help your neighborsMany Americans rely on their neighbors after a disaster, but there are also many ways you can help your neighbors before a hurricane approaches. Learn about all the different actions your community can take to prepare and recover from the hazards associated with hurricanes:

Neighbors

Saturday, May 11

Create a PlanThe time to prepare for a hurricane is NOW before the season begins. Once you’re under pressure, having a written plan will take the guesswork out of what you need to do to protect you and your family.

Know where you will ride out the storm and get your supplies now. You don’t want to be standing in long lines when a Hurricane Watch is issued. Those supplies that you need will probably be sold out by the time you reach the front of the line.

Being prepared now will mean the difference between your being a hurricane victim and a hurricane survivor.

Make a Plan


Remember, it only takes one storm to change your life and community. For more information on hurricanes and hurricane safety, visit the National Weather Service website or get our Hurricane Preparedness Factsheet below.

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Hurricane Preparedness

The key to surviving a hurricane is preparation. This factsheet takes you through the thought process of what needs to be done before a storm so that you are prepared.