After the Storm
In the days following a hurricane, crews will be busy clearing roads, responding to emergency calls and assessing damage. You must rely on what you have stored for food, medications and entertainment.
- Only call 911 in the case of a police, medical or fire emergency.
- If you need information, call the County Information Center at 252-726-7061.
- Shelter in place. Do not attempt to travel. If you must go outside your home, be mindful of dangers like downed power lines or contaminated floodwater.
- Take photos of your property for insurance. Take immediate steps to reduce flood damage.
- Check on your neighbors. Share food, and take care of each other.
- If you want to volunteer, call the County Information Center to get connected with agencies and areas in need.
- Set up carbon monoxide detector before running a generator. Follow all manufacturer guidelines.
- Do not put anything on the stove. Items left on the stove will cause a fire when the power comes back on.
Learn how to safely use a chainsaw and avoid injury.
In a declared state of emergency, it is illegal for a business to sell necessary goods or services at increased prices.
Even after major roadways are clear and it is safe to drive, streets may seem unfamiliar and driving conditions could be dangerous.
Residents impacted by hurricanes may register for FEMA assistance.
Learning about food and water safety will reduce the risk of illness.
Learn how to safely use a generator and avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
Learn how to stay cool if loss of power leaves you without an air conditioner.
After a storm has passed, contaminated materials can cause health risks. If there is flooding along with a hurricane, you need to remove any water from your house as quickly as possible since the water may contain germs from overflowing sewage systems.
Learn how to reduce mosquito breeding and avoid mosquito bites.
Learn how to stay safe following a hurricane.