While it may not be the worst storm in recent memory, Wayne County is ready for the effects from Elsa.
The remnants of the tropical system are expected to primarily impact North Carolina on Thursday.
Wayne County Public Information Officer Joel Gillie says the Office of Emergency Services has been monitoring the storm’s impacts.
The county has its generators ready and other equipment inside and out of the wind.
Gillie says they’re not expecting to open an emergency shelter at this time, but they will be ready if necessary.
While some heavy rain and gusty winds are possible, local river levels are low, so Gillie says they’re not anticipating any flooding.
Gillie says it may not become necessary for Elsa, but this is a good opportunity to ensure your family’s emergency kits are ready.
Emergency kits should have the supplies – food, water, batteries, prescription medications – that will help you “stand on your own” for up to 72 hours in the event of a disaster.
Gillie notes this is just the beginning of the Atlantic hurricane season, and you never know when the next disaster is going to strike.
Residents can find further disaster preparedness tips at ReadyNC.org.