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Severe Weather Preparedness

Governor Roy Cooper has proclaimed March 3rd - 9th as Severe Weather Preparedness Week and is urging North Carolinians to prepare for severe weather that's common during spring months.

North Carolina Emergency Management officials recommend the following safety tips to prepare and respond to severe weather:

  • Develop an emergency that outlines what to do, where to go and who to call during an emergency
  • If thunder roars, go indoors! Lightning is close enough to strike you
  • Know where the nearest safe room is, such as a basement or interior room away from windows
  • Know the terms: WATCH means severe is possible. WARNING means severe weather is occurring; take shelter immediately
  • Assemble an emergency supply kit for use at home or in your vehicle. Make sure to include a 3-day supply of non-perishable food and bottled water
  • If driving, leave your vehicle immediately to seek shelter in a safe structure. Do not try to outrun a tornado in your vehicle and do not stop under an overpass or bridge

Please visit the North Carolina Department of Public Safety's preparedness website for an abundance of information that will help you further plan and prepare for the severe weather season.