Village Hall is closed Friday, September 14, 2018 due to expected impacts from Hurricane Florence. Our Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will be open around the clock to assist residents with issues during the storm. You can reach the EOC at 910-295-1900.
Plan and Prepare
Some of the most important things you can do during a weather event occur BEFORE the event even happens.
Put together an emergency kit, which is a container of items your family may need during or after an emergency. Download a printable version of the emergency kit supply list here. You most likely already have these items in your house, but should put them together in one location:
- Water - 1 gallon per person per day for 3 to 7 days. If you can't find bottled water, fill lidded containers with tap water to drink later. Bath tubs can be filled with water to flush toilets.
- Food – non-perishable and canned food supply for 3 to 7 days
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio with extra batteries
- Cell phone with charger
- First aid kit and first aid book
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Manual can opener for food
- Anti-bacterial hand wipes or gel
- Wrench or pliers to turn off water
- Blanket or sleeping bag – 1 per person
- Prescription medications and glasses
- Seasonal change of clothing, including sturdy shoes
- Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, feminine supplies, and diapers
- Extra house and car keys
- Important documents – insurance policies, copy of driver’s license, Social Security card, bank account records
- Fire extinguisher
- Cash and change
- Books, games or cards
- Pet food and water for 3-7 days
Make a plan. You and your family members may not be in the same place when an emergency happens, so it's important to plan ahead and talk about what you will do before, during, and after an emergency. Planning ahead will help you remain calm, think clearly, and react well. 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, this website, ReadyNC mobile app)
- How to be safe if you stay in your home during an emergency
- What to do with your pets
- Thoughts about any older adults or those with functional needs in the home
Protect your home. Take some time to prepare your property before a storm. That can include:
- Keeping all trees and shrubs well trimmed
- Bringing in all outdoor furniture and anything else that is not secured
- Covering windows with hurricane shutters or pre-cut plywood
- Setting the refrigerator to the coldest setting
- Placing valuables and personal papers in a waterproof container on the highest level of your home
- If your home is located in a flood zone or a low-lying area, sandbags may be assembled ahead of time. The Village does not provide these, but local hardware stores are a good resource for either the sandbags or the materials to make them.
It's important to stay informed during a weather event by monitoring local media such as television and radio. In addition, be sure to sign up for the Village's emergency notification system: CodeRed. This, along with the Village's Facebook page, is how we primarily communicate with residents during weather events. We have also provided other important links under the "Stay Informed" heading on the right side of this page.
Emergency Public Shelter
The Moore County Department of Social Services, Health Department, Red Cross, and Moore County Animal Service have opened emergency public shelters for those needing shelter from Hurricane Florence.
Location: Moore County Ag Building, 707 Pinehurst Avenue, Carthage, NC 28327
Location: North Moore High School, 1504 N. Moore Road, Robbins, NC 27325
For shelter rules and regulations, click here.
Every weather event is different, but there may be times when public safety officials tell residents to leave their homes. At other times, officials may ask for residents to stay indoors or "shelter in place". Whatever the case, it's important to always follow the orders of local public safety officials. If you are asked to evacuate, follow these guidelines:
- Listen to local media.
- Fill your car with gasoline. Take only one vehicle to lower the amount of traffic.
- 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 police.
- If possible, leave and go to a friend’s home in a safe area. Next, try a motel or hotel. As a last resort, go to a shelter. Remember, shelters are not made for comfort.
- 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.