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NC State Disaster Center Information

The best way to survive a disaster, and be able to quickly recover, is to be prepared. There are a number of things that you can do to help prepare you and your family for a disaster. Our factsheets can help give you to be prepared.

North Carolina Preparedness Month

Week 1: September 1 – 9
Make a Plan for Yourself, Family and Friends

Week 2: September 10 – 16
Plan to Help your Neighbors and Community

Week 3: September 17 – 23
Practice and Build Out Your Plans

Week 4: September 24 – 30
Get Involved! Be a Part of Something Larger

It only takes one to cause lasting impacts – one tornado, one hurricane, one earthquake, one landslide, one explosion. While most North Carolinians focus on hurricanes, especially during these peak hurricane season months, there are other natural and man-made emergencies that can damage or even destroy communities.

Do you know what to do during an earthquake? What about a landslide? Or a public disturbance? Would you know where to go in your office building if any of these occurred while at work? Do you know where to pick up your children if a weather-related emergency occurs at school?

If you answered “no” to any of those questions, you need to become aware and get prepared. Those who are better prepared will fare better after disasters strike.

You cannot predict when weather-related or man-made emergencies will occur, but residents can plan now how they will respond when disasters strike. 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 proclaimed September as North Carolina Preparedness Month which coincides with National Preparedness Month, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The designation is made each September to encourage Americans to prepare for emergencies.

Emergency supplies kit items can be found around the house. 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.

Basic items that should be in an emergency kit are:

  • Water – 1 gallon per person per day for 3 to 7 days
  • Food – non-perishable and canned food supply for 3 to 7 days
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)  Weather Radio with extra batteries
  • Cell phone with charger
  • First aid kit and first aid book
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Anti-bacterial hand wipes or gel
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off water
  • Blanket or sleeping bag – 1 per person
  • Prescription medications, glasses and hearing aids
  • Seasonal change of clothing, including sturdy shoes
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, feminine supplies
  • Extra house and car keys
  • Important documents – insurance policies, copy of driver’s license, Social Security card, bank account records
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Cash and change
  • Books, games or cards

For more emergency preparedness information visit or download the free ReadyNC mobile app.

Prepare now!

Written by Brent Fisher
Assistant Director of Fire and Rescue Services/Emergency Management
Nash County Emergency Services

N.C. Cooperative Extension has Flood Clean-up Resources

Last year, Hurricane Matthew took its toll on our state, this week, Hurricane Harvey has left a path of damage in Texas. Knowing what to do to prepare, and then clean-up is important.

Cleaning up after a flood can be a difficult task, both physically and emotionally. Read More