Hurricane Florence is headed toward North Carolina and is expected to bring high winds and heavy rain to Granville and surrounding countries which could lead to downed trees and power lines and flooding. There are things you can do to be ready. Preparation is the best protection against the dangers of a hurricane.
Hurricane Safety Checklist
What should you do?
• Listen to the radio, watch the news, stay up to date on the storm.
• Stock up on “disaster supplies”.
• Fill your cars’ gas tanks.
• Bring inside anything that can be picked up by the wind (lawn furniture, potted plants, etc.)
• Turn your refrigerator and freezer to the coldest settings and keep them closed as much as
possible so that food will last longer if your power goes out.
• Turn off propane tanks and unplug small appliances.
• Create an “evacuation plan” to minimize confusion and fear during the need to evacuate.
• Learn about your community’s hurricane response plan. Find out where your local shelters are.
• Make plans for your pets to be cared for.
What supplies do you need?
• Water- one gallon per person per day, at least a 3-day supply
• Food- non-perishable, easy to prepare food, at least a 3-day supply
• Extra Batteries
• Battery-powered radio
• First Aid Kit
• Medications and Medical items/supplies
• Sanitation and personal hygiene items
• Important documents- identification, insurance policies, banks account information
• Cell phone and chargers
• Emergency contact information
• Extra Cash
• Baby supplies
• Pet supplies
• Extra Set of car and house keys
• Change of clothing for all family members
• Insect repellent
After the storm
• Continue listening to the radio/news for the latest updates.
• If evacuated, return home only once officials have cleared your area safe.
• Drive only if necessary and avoid flooded roads.
• Keep away from any loose power lines.
• Inspect your home for damage. Take pictures of any damage, for insurance purposes.
• Use flashlights in the dark and avoid using candles.
• Avoid drinking or preparing food with tap water until you are sure it is not contaminated.
• Check refrigerator and freezer food for spoilage.
• When cleaning up yard debris, use protective clothing.
Arrangements have been made throughout Granville Health System to ensure the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff. All facility updates will be posted to GHS social media pages. For more information on disaster and emergency preparedness, visit www.Redcross.org.