Mother nature knows no boundaries and North Carolina is subjected to it’s share of hurricanes, tornados as well as ice storms and other weather events.
These severe weather events can leave tremendous devastation and wreckage in their paths. Power outages, especially in severe weather can claim the lives of the elderly as well as young children. Power outages also cut off potable water supplies for thousands in extreme circumstances.
During the financial crisis of 2008, many U.S. Senators warned of pending martial law if the bill, The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 hadn’t passed.
It’s imperative that our communities become prepared for ALL types of disaster, natural or man-made.
The following preparedness items are recommended for all families
- Minimum of 2 gallons of water per person/per day
- 3 week food supply consisting of canned goods and other non-perishables
- Sleeping bags during for cold weather
- Cash on hand in case of extended periods of power outages
ReadyNC Mobile App
An all-in-one mobile app from ReadyNC prepares North Carolinians in the event of traffic jams, tornadoes and other severe weather emergencies.
In 2005, The NC Department of Public Safety and the NC Division of Emergency Management launched ReadyNC. ReadyNC is the state’s disaster preparedness campaign.
The commission takes an active role in providing preparedness training to a network of volunteers as well as the many vulnerable populations within the state.
The CERT or Community Emergency Response Team are trained to have light search and rescue, fire safety, team organization and basic disaster medical operations.
During an emergency, CERT members are able to provide much needed assistance to communities while waiting for police, firefighters and medical staff to arrive. CERT programs welcome and are open to individuals of all abilities.
In times of natural disaster our NC communities can only come together with the help of much needed volunteers. There are many ways you can help your state and community prepare prior to and after an emergency has happened.
If you would like to volunteer with ReadyNC or any other emergency management role in North Carolina please visit The North Carolina Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service.