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Nash County commissioners on Monday proclaimed this week to be Hurricane Preparedness Week.
The May 5-11 observation was requested by EMS Director Brian Brantley, who said the hurricane season will begin on June 1.
“North Carolina is repeatedly one of the leading states nationally for overall damage from hurricanes,” Brantley read from the proclamation, noting as an aside that six people had died from Hurricane Floyd when they attempted to drive through rising floodwater.
The proclamation also notes that Nash County has been included in seven federal disaster declarations from hurricanes and tropical weather systems.
“People are less likely to be injured when they have prepared ahead of time and know what to do when a hurricane threatens,” Brantley said, echoing the proclamation.
The proclamation says that insurance companies suggest residents review and update their homeowners or renters’ insurance to make sure it includes coverage for flooding, accidental damage and natural disasters. Many policies do not.
The document also says, “people should prepare their personal emergency supply kit to use at home or during an evacuation with enough food and water to sustain the members of their household for three days or longer, and should know their evacuation routes and comply with local and state authorities when asked to evacuate.”
Brantley said the ReadyNC.org website and mobile app “are available to help people make emergency preparedness plans and provide current weather and traffic conditions.”