With the peak of hurricane season approaching, Forsyth County Emergency Management officials are encouraging residents and businesses to review and discuss their emergency plans and update their emergency supplies kits.
“You cannot predict when weather-related or man-made emergencies will occur, but residents can plan now how they will respond when disasters strike,” Leigha Cordell WS/FC Emergency Management Coordinator said. “It’s simple steps that can save lives. Make a family emergency plan, practice that plan and put together an emergency supplies kit. Being prepared before a disaster makes recovering from one a little bit easier. Prepare for the worst but hope for the best.”
Governor Roy Cooper has proclaimed August as North Carolina Preparedness Month, in advance of the peak weeks of hurricane season.
Emergency Management encourages residents, schools and business owners to make a plan and practice it routinely with other household members, staff or employees. The plan should include details about where to meet, how to get in touch with one another, evacuation plans, what to do with pets and how to notify employees after an emergency.:
“An emergency plan is only the first step in being prepared for when disasters strike,” said Cordell. “Having a plan in place is only good if you practice it. Talk to others in your home about the plan and be sure to talk with your child’s school officials about the school’s emergency plans.”
This year, coastal residents should plan to stay with family or friends at a safe place inland, if they must evacuate. Staying at hotel is also a good plan. Staying at a shelter should be the last resort during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The next step, Cordell said, is to put together an emergency supplies kit, which contains items needed for survival regardless of the emergency.
“Emergency supplies kit items can be found around the house,” said Cordell. “Having an emergency supplies kit will help you after an emergency because first responders may not be able to reach you quickly. Or, having important papers readily accessible will speed up the recovery process because you can more quickly process insurance claims. Regardless of the reason, an emergency kit is essential.”
During the COVID-19 pandemic, be sure to add items to your kit to keep your family healthy, including masks or cloth face coverings, hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes or gloves.
Basic items that should be in an emergency kit are:
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