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Summer Storms Are Right Around the Corner

Summer Storms Are Right Around the Corner

May 14, 2018

Summertime is right around the corner and many Catawba County residents are looking forward to spending sunny days by the pool or with their toes in the sand and a fresh lemonade in hand. Although summer brings fun-filled days, severe weather can quickly put a damper on plans.

Catawba County Emergency Management urges residents to participate in Hurricane Preparedness Week, May 13-19, by updating their emergency plans and supplies kit.

Many counties in NC are still recovering from Hurricane Matthew’s impacts that caused billions in damage. That devastation reminds us that it only takes one storm to cause severe impacts and that no county is immune to the disastrous effects from these storms. 29 hurricanes have affected Catawba County since 1930.

For families, as well as communities, being prepared could mean the difference between being a hurricane victim or a hurricane survivor. It is vital for everyone to have an emergency plan in place before a storm threatens our county. Catawba County Emergency Management encourages residents to take the time to write down your tropical storm and flooding plan and update your emergency supplies kit with enough non-perishable food and water to last each person in your family a minimum of one week. Kits should also 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
  • Cash
  • Pet supplies including food, water, bedding, leashes, muzzle and vaccination records

Stay informed when severe weather strikes by tuning in to local news or listening to a NOAA Weather Radio. Stay alert for evacuation information and know evacuation routes in your community. Heed the warnings from state and local officials and evacuate quickly when told to do so.

More information on severe weather and hurricane preparedness can be found on www.Ready.gov. Local emergency officials also urge residents to download the free ReadyNC mobile app, which provides up-to-date weather, locations of open shelters and traffic conditions for North Carolina.