Wayne County Emergency Management encourages residents to plan now for hurricanes by updating their emergency plans and supply kits. Hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30.
“Preparing for a disaster begins with having a plan and an emergency kit,” said Aaron Stryker, Emergency Management Coordinator. “Now is the time to prepare for this hurricane season.”
To encourage residents to prepare, the Wayne County Board of Commissioners has declared May 9-15 as Hurricane Preparedness Week. Residents should take this time to review and practice their emergency plans.
“By being prepared for a hurricane, tropical storm, or any disaster, you’re helping to protect you and your family as well as our first responders,” added Chairman George Wayne Aycock Jr.
Families and businesses are encouraged to write down their plan and gather important documents, such as copy of driver’s license, insurance policies, medicals records, and bank account statements, and put them somewhere they can quickly access in case of emergency. Assemble an emergency supplies kit that includes enough non-perishable food and water to last each family member three to seven days. Other essential items include:
- First-aid kit
- Weather radio and batteries
- Prescription medicines
- Sleeping bag or blankets
- Changes of clothes
- Hygiene items such as toothbrush, toothpaste, soap and deodorant
- Face masks and hand-sanitizer
Make sure to review and update homeowners’ or renters’ insurance policies to ensure they include coverage for damage, natural disasters and flood insurance.
More information on hurricanes and overall emergency preparedness will be shared next week on WayneGov.com and on the County’s social media channels.