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Hurricane Preparedness

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Be prepared before, during, and after the storm.

Nobody looks forward to hurricane season and the destruction storms can bring to our communities. But rest assured, our experienced, locally based electric crews are prepared to respond and restore power quickly and safely. Here are some tips to help you and your family prepare in the event a hurricane hits our community.

BEFORE the storm:

  • Gather emergency supplies such as flashlights, battery-operated radios, and batteries.
  • Move yard items and furniture inside.
  • Monitor official weather bulletins.
  • Charge your devices, like your phone or external backup batteries.

DURING the storm:

  • Turn off and unplug electrical appliances and equipment, such as televisions and computers.
  • Stay indoors in an interior room, away from windows.

AFTER the storm:

  • Watch for downed power lines. Stay back and consider them energized. Energized lines can conduct electricity through the ground up to 35 feet away from the line.
  • Check for electrical damage inside your home, such as frayed wires, sparks, or the smell of burning insulation. If you find damage to your meter box or weatherhead, don’t turn your power on until an electrician inspects your system and makes necessary repairs.
  • Do not connect your generator directly to your home’s electrical system. It is dangerous to you, your neighbors, and utility workers.

 

Downloadable Resources:

Hurricane Preparedness Bill Insert

Hurricane Preparedness: Checklist

Hurricane Preparedness: Social Media Images

N.C. Department of Emergency Management: North Carolina Hurricane Guide

FEMA Hurricane Guide

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