North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has proclaimed May 7-13 as Hurricane Preparedness Week.

 

With many NC communities still struggling to recover from last October’s Hurricane Matthew, it’s already time to start preparing for the 2017 hurricane season.

“Last fall, North Carolinians experienced first-hand the life-changing devastation of Hurricane Matthew, and we know from experience that any storm should be taken seriously,” said Gov. Cooper in a statement issued by the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.

The National Weather Service has developed a unique focus for each day of Hurricane Preparedness Week. Disaster One urges all North Carolina residents to familiarize themselves with these preparedness steps:

Sunday: Determine your risk – “Find out today what types of wind and water hazards could happen where you live.”

Monday: Develop an evacuation plan – “The first thing you need to do is find out if you live in a storm surge hurricane evacuation zone.”

Tuesday: Assemble disaster supplies – “You’re going to need supplies not just to get through the storm but for the…aftermath.”

Wednesday: Secure an insurance check-up – “Call your insurance company or agent…to make sure you have enough homeowners insurance.”

Thursday: Strengthen your home – “If you plan to ride out the storm in your home, make sure it is in good repair.”

Friday: Check on your neighbor – “There are…many ways you can help your neighbors before a hurricane approaches.”

Saturday: Complete your written hurricane plan – “The time to prepare for a hurricane is before the season begins.”

Disaster One responded to calls for help with hurricane damage and severe flooding in and around Lumberton, Fayetteville, Wilmington, and Raleigh, NC following Hurricane Matthew. While we hope you don’t experience this in 2017, rest assured we’re here and ready to respond whenever you need our help with storm damage repair.

To learn more, visit Hurricane Preparedness Week.

 

(Photo credit: By Ryan Johnson (City of Charleston) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons)