Beaufort County Emergency Services offers hurricane prep tips

Published 2:44 pm Tuesday, June 18, 2024

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WASHINGTON, N.C. –– Hurricane season brings a lot of uncertainty to our communities. It’s difficult to predict the timing and severity of storms.

But there are certain factors we can control, including our level of preparedness. That’s why Beaufort County Office of Emergency Services encourages all residents to make sure they have plans and resources in place to allow for a proactive, safe and efficient response if worst-case severe weather scenarios unfold.

Building emergency kits, establishing emergency contacts and reviewing evacuation protocols are a few great ways to prepare for a hurricane.

Whether you are a homeowner or a renter, you should review your insurance plans and confirm they meet your coverage needs should a disaster occur. It is important to remember that homeowners and renters insurance policies do not cover flood damage. A separate flood insurance policy will cover that damage.

Evaluate your flood insurance options now instead of waiting until a storm is imminent. For example, if you get a policy through the National Flood Insurance Program, it takes 30 days for the policy to take effect. Waiting periods like that are why Emergency Services recommends checking on your insurance policies as soon as possible.

Another way to prepare for severe weather is by crafting contingency plans. These plans can cover a variety of scenarios. For example,

  • Is there someone you can stay with if you don’t feel safe at your residence or need some extra company during a storm? 
  • What are your plans for temporary lodging outside the county if you need to evacuate during a storm? 
  • Do you live near an older adult or someone with disabilities who might need extra assistance or a place to stay during a storm? 
  • If you own a boat, what will you do to ensure that it is properly and safely docked?
    Forecasters expect this hurricane season to be a busy one. Now is the time to make sure you’re prepared for any severe weather that heads our way.