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Hurricane Preparedness and Resources

Post Date:09/07/2017

Hurricane Icon 300x200Because we are in peak hurricane season, the Village of Pinehurst urges residents to take reasonable steps to prepare for potential hurricane/tropical storm impacts. Key measures include updating emergency plans and kits, and staying tuned to the National Weather Service and local media. Being ready helps you and your family stay safe before and after a severe weather event. It also lowers the workload of fire, police, and medical first-responders.

Stay Informed: 

One way to stay informed is to sign up for CodeRed, the Village's emergency notification system. Those who are signed up for this free service can choose to receive notifications during an emergency via phone calls or text.

 

Other helpful links include:

Make a Plan:

It is important to plan ahead and talk about what your family will do before, during and after an emergency. You need to talk about how will you get to a safe place and how you will get in touch with each other. Download the Family Emergency Plan

Your plan should contain:

  • Phone numbers of a pre-assigned contact person for family members to call
  • List of where to find information on shelters (television, radio, Moore County Public SafetyReadyNC mobile app)
  • How to be safe if you stay in your home during a hurricane
  • What to do with your pets
  • Thoughts about any older adults or those with functional needs in the home

Mold your plans for your family’s needs. Think about creating a group of neighbors, friends or family to help each other in emergencies. Talk how that group can help each other connect, care for children, pets or other needs. Knowing how you will respond to an emergency at home, school or work will help you remain calm, think clearly and react well.

Get a Kit: 

The time to put an emergency kit together is before a disaster.

An emergency kit is a container of items your family may need in or after an emergency, most of which can be found in your house. It is important to put them all in one place and be sure every family member knows where the kit is kept.

Your kit should contain enough water, food, and supplies for each person and pet for three to seven days. You should also place valuables and important papers in a waterproof container. For a list of items to put in your kit, visit www.ready.gov/kit.

Being ready for an emergency helps you and your family to survive. It also allows police, fire fighters and emergency medical workers to help those who need it most.

Protect Your Home: 

Take time before an emergency happens to protect your home.

  • Be sure you have proper homeowner's or rental insurance and copies of those insurance policies in a safe, waterproof container.
  • Learn where and how to turn off services (gas, power and water) should you need to do so.
  • Bring in all outdoor furniture and anything else that is not secured.
  • Make sure all trees and shrubs are well-trimmed.

Planning ahead can help protect your property and peace of mind.

Evacuating: 

In some emergencies, local emergency management officials may tell people to leave their homes in order to keep residents and visitors safe.

Always follow the orders of local emergency management officials.

Follow these guidelines when evacuating:

  • Listen to local media.
  • Leave early enough to avoid being trapped by severe weather.
  • Plan where your family will meet and go. Tell family or friends of your plans.
  • Map out your path, using travel paths listed by officials.
  • Take your family’s and pet’s emergency kits. Bring key family papers.
  • Bring extra cash. Banks may be closed, and ATMs may not work.
  • Lock doors and windows before leaving your house. Unplug radios, toasters, televisions and small appliances. Be sure to turn off water, gas and power.
  • Ask neighbors if they need a ride.

Click here for evacuation routes in North Carolina. Click here for a list of what to take to a shelter.

Shelter information will be available on Moore County's Public Safety webpage as shelters are opened and that information is released. Shelters are only opened on an as-needed basis.

Assistance:

When assistance is needed for police, fire, and medical emergencies, call 911. The following are non-emergency assistance contacts: 

  • Pinehurst Police Department: 910-295-3781
  • Pinehurst Fire Department: 910-295-5575

We all share a responsibility in preparing for disasters, which can strike at any time. The public is encouraged to plan ahead - help spread the word and make the entire community better prepared.

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