Keep an Eye on Hurricane Dorian – Prepare Now
Now is the time to make preparations to protect yourself and your property from whatever Hurricane Dorian might bring. Dorian is a very dangerous storm and current forecasts have it approaching the Florida coast by the first of next week, but there are signs that the storm may make a turn to the north over the next few days. Residents anywhere in North Carolina, from the mountains to the coast, may be in the path of this storm and should prepare now.
Look around your property. 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.
Another thing to think about 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 packaged foods that can be prepared without cooking.
Remember 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.
One of the major concerns with any tropical system is flooding. Never drive through floodwaters. 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.