Before a Hurricane Hits

Before a Hurricane Threatens

Elevation of Your Home above Sea Level

Get this information from your local Planning and Zoning Officials. Your nearest Weather Service office can supply flood-stage data for area streams and waterways. Find out if you home is subject to storm surge (tidal) flooding.

Route to Safety If You Have To Leave

Plan your escape route early. Check the NC DOT Travel Information Management System for the most current roadway conditions here. If an evacuation order is issued, please follow it. The decision to order an evacuation is one that is not taken lightly. If one is issued, it is because the totality of the circumstances warrant, in the best interest of safety to the public.

Location of Nearest Official Shelter

Emergency Management can give you the location of the shelter nearest your home and explain what you should bring with you. Plan your family's safety. Know how to contact family members should the need arise.

Inventory Your Property

A complete inventory of personal property will help in obtaining insurance settlements and/or tax deductions for losses. Inventory checklists can be obtained from your insurance representatives. Don't trust your memory. List descriptions and take pictures. Store these papers in waterproof containers or in your safety deposit box.

What Your Insurance Will Cover

Review your insurance policies and your coverage to avoid misunderstanding later. Take advantage of flooding insurance. Separate policies are needed for protection against wind and flood damage, which people frequently do not realize until it is too late.