Preparing for Adverse Weather

— Written By Anelle Ammons

Hurricane season is upon us, and we might be looking at adverse weather in our area soon. Remember, it’s never too early to prepare for a natural disaster. Here are some tips for helping prepare for bad weather.

Pack your emergency supplies, and make sure they are easily locatable. Items to store in your emergency supplies:

  • Water – 1 gallon per person per day – 3 days worth. You can store water in cleaned out soda bottles or empty pitchers and plastic containers in your home. You do not have to purchase water from the store.
  • Food – 2 week supply of non-perishable food. Remember a manual can opener for canned food, in case of power outage.
  • Clothing – 1 complete change of clothing per person.
  • Emergency supplies – cash, phone, charger, batteries, flashlight, etc.
  • Sanitation items – extra toilet paper, sanitary napkins, baby wipes.
  • Specialty items – prescription medication, important documents, baby items.

See a complete list of items to include in your emergency kits.

Because flash floods, mudslides, high winds, and power outages are the biggest concerns for Catawba County, be sure to secure loose objects in your yard that might blow around and become projectiles. Remember, do not drive through flooded areas.

Have a plan on how you will evacuate if conditions become unsafe. Talk to your family about your plan so that everyone understands.

Be sure to get updated info with The NC State Extension Disaster website

Power Outages

In case of power outage, the Disaster Preparedness webpage has great information on how to prepare ahead of time, and how to handle food safety issues after an outage.

Animal Owners

If you have animals, big or small, here are some great tips on how to prepare animals for storms.

Small farms

You may want to consider having an emergency plan document drawn up. Here’s a good template from NCDA&CS that helps outline the information you will need for evacuation.

For Nurseries and Landscaping Companies with Container Plants

This is a great sheet that details preparations before and closer to storms. This sheet has some great tips based on observations of flooded plants in Hurricane Matthew. Remember, try to keep all plants out of areas that might flood, especially higher value crops.

Freshwater Flooding Performance of Nursery Grown Container Ornamentals

Remember, preparing ahead of time can save time, money, and hassle and streamline preparations.

To receive messages about adverse weather in our area, sign up for the Catawba County Community Alert System.