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It’s Hurricane Preparedness Week. Here’s why.

Homes damaged by Hugo / Duke Energy Archives

May 3. While hurricane season runs from June 1 through Nov. 30, this is Hurricane Preparedness Week. After all, it takes time to prepare. And if you think this part of North Carolina is relatively immune from serious hurricane damage, think again. Hugo dealt a devastating blow to Charlotte and environs in September of 1989.

Gov. Roy Cooper said North Carolina is still recovering from the devastating effects of multiple large storms including Tropical Storm Fred, which caused devastation and six deaths in Western North Carolina last year. In 2020 Hurricane Isaias and the remnants of Hurricane Eta pummeled parts of the state; as did Hurricane Dorian in 2019; Hurricane Florence, Tropical Storms Michael and Alberto in 2018; and Hurricane Matthew in 2016.

Hugo in 1989

Being prepared means having an emergency plan. The plan should include details on how and where you would evacuate, a meeting place, and important phone numbers.

Essential items include:

—First-aid kit
—Weather radio and batteries
—Prescription medicines
—Sleeping bag or blankets
—Changes of clothes
—Hygiene items such
—Pet supplies including food, water, vaccination records
—Face masks and hand-sanitizer

More guidance

To help mitigate damage to your home from severe weather, take common sense measures such as trimming trees, covering windows, securing loose outdoor items before severe weather strikes.