Hurricane Preparedness Week, May 7-13 2017

On Friday Governor Cooper issued a press release and a proclamation announcing that May 7 -13 is Hurricane Preparedness Week in North Carolina.


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. “Now is the time to get ready to protect your home and family from the next hurricane.”


Among the many things we have learned in our region from Hurricane Matthew and the record flooding that followed in 2016 is just how important it is for all of us to be proactively engaged in the development of a culture of preparedness — at home, work, church, school and in the community.  Listed below are various tools and resources that can help!


Robesonian | County urging residents to sign up for CodeRED


If you are a resident of Robeson County and have not already done so,  sign up for Robeson County’s CodeRed Emergency Notification System.  Also visit  to download their mobile app and to get more information!


A Call to Action:  Developing a Culture of Preparedness!

Our neighbors in Spartanburg, SC successfully demonstrated that their “All Hands on Deck” emergency preparedness strategy   –  a community engagement model that is similar to the collaborative strategy promoted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that’s focuses on improving health outcomes and health factors – really does work!


Relevant Videos & Links: 

America’s PrepareAthon! – Hurricane Preparedness Tools & Resources 


Create Your Family Emergency Communication Plan

“This document outlines three steps to take to create your Family Emergency Communication Plan: collect contact information for your family and other important contacts; make sure everyone carries a copy of this information with them; and have regular household meetings to review and practice your plan. This document also includes fillable wallet-sized cards—simply type in your information for your family and other important contacts and then print them.”


Prepare Your Organization for a Hurricane Playbook

“This Playbook contains a conversation guide to help you lead a discussion and a tabletop exercise scenario to help you test your capability to respond to a simulated hurricane.”


Organizational Tabletop Exercises PowerPoint

“This Organizational Tabletop Exercises PowerPoint deck includes sample tabletop exercises for the following six hazards: earthquakes, winter storms, floods, wildfires, tornadoes, and hurricanes.”


FEMA:  Resources for Churches & Houses of Worship

American Red Cross Ready Rating Program | Hurricane Preparedness Week – Tools & Resources 

Sunday, May 7th
Determine your risk“Find out today what types of wind and water hazards could happen where you live, and then start preparing now…” Read More

Monday, May 8th
Develop an evacuation plan“The first thing you need to do is find out if you live in a storm surge hurricane evacuation zone…” Read More

Tuesday, May 9th
Assemble disaster suppliesYou’re going to need supplies not just to get through the storm but for the potentially lengthy…  Read More

Wednesday, May 10th
Secure an insurance check-up
“Call your insurance company or agent and ask for an insurance check-up to make sure…” Read More

Thursday, May 11th
Strengthen your home“If you plan to ride out the storm in your home, make sure it is in good repair and up to local hurricane building code specifications…” Read More

Friday, May 12th 
Check on Your Neighbor “Many Americans rely on their neighbors after a disaster, but there are also many ways you can help your neighbors before…” Read More

Saturday, May 13th 
Complete your written hurricane plan“The time to prepare for a hurricane is before the season begins, when you have the time and are not under…” Read More | Outreach Toolkit

‘Be a Force of Nature! Help us get the word out about preparing for hurricanes!”

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