Hurricane Preparedness Week: May 6-12

Post Date:05/04/2018 9:12 AM

Hurricane season begins June 1. Do you have a preparedness plan when a hurricane shows up in the forecast for Chapel Hill?

“Hurricanes are nothing to take lightly and can cause major damage, including things like flooding, power outages, and fallen trees,” said Emergency Management Coordinator Vencelin Harris. “This practice in preparedness is perfect for being ready for severe thunderstorms as well, which are even more likely to affect Chapel Hill.”

Hurricane Fran is an example of the damage a tropical system can do to our community. The storm made landfall as a category three storm in Cape Fear on Sept. 5, 1996, and was still a category one system when it hit central North Carolina. Raleigh-Durham International Airport recorded 8.8 inches of rain and wind gusts up to 79 miles per hour. It was responsible for 26 deaths in North Carolina and caused $7.2 billion in damage in 1996 dollars. More recently, communities in eastern North Carolina are still recovering from Hurricane Matthew, which hit in October 2016.

The National Weather Service is focusing each day of the week on a strategy to help you have a plan in place by week’s end.

  • Sunday, May 6: Determine Your Risk
  • Monday, May 7: Develop an Evacuation Plan
  • Tuesday, May 8: Assemble Disaster Supplies
  • Wednesday, May 9: Get an Insurance Checkup
  • Thursday, May 10: Strengthen Your Home
  • Friday, May 11: Help Your Neighbor
  • Saturday, May 12: Complete a Written Plan

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