Hurricane Florence has brought heavy wind and rain to large parts of the East Coast. Stay informed on the latest warnings, advisories, and the path of Florence with bulletins from the National Weather Service. If you’re in an area that could be impacted by this storm, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends the following:
Monitor local radio and TV for updates. The path of the storm could change quickly and unexpectedly. Follow the instructions of state, local, and tribal leaders.
Hunker down and take shelter. Everyone should stay alert as Hurricane Florence moves toward the United States. Coastal residents in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia have already experienced tropical storm or hurricane force winds and flooding.
Communicate with friends and family. Tell them where you are riding out the storm, and how you will let them know you’re safe. You can call, text, email, or use social media.
Keep away from windows. Close storm shutters; flying glass from broken windows could injure you.
Prepare for power outages. Turn your refrigerator or freezer to the coldest setting, and open only when necessary. If you lose power, food will last longer. Keep a thermometer in the refrigerator to check food temperature when the power is restored.
Be aware of the storm surge expected with Hurricane Florence. Storm surges pose a great threat to safety and can cut off potential evacuation routes. If you’re told to evacuate, don’t wait.
Avoid driving through flooded areas. Almost half of flash flooding deaths occur in vehicles, according to FEMA. When you’re driving, look out for flooding in low-lying areas, at bridges, and at highway dips.
Download the FEMA app for disaster resources, weather alerts, and safety updates. The app (available in English and Spanish) provides a customizable checklist of emergency supplies, maps of open shelters and recovery centers, disaster survival tips, and weather alerts from the National Weather Service.
You can also find updated official information about Hurricane Florence and how to prepare on USA.gov.
You might also like …
Hurricane Florence has brought heavy wind and rain to large parts of the East Coast. Stay informed on the latest warnings, advisories, and the path of Florence with bulletins from the National Weather Service.
Bidding on and winning federal contracts can be a great way to expand and grow your small business. Check out these tips from USA.gov to help you perform market research, find helpful resources, and more.
If you’re an American living abroad or a member of a military family it doesn’t mean you have to put your vote on hold. It just means that your voting process will be a little different.
Are you and your kids ready for the new school year? Back to school season can be an expensive, busy, and stressful time — these tips may be able to help.
Every minute counts during a disaster – plan now so you’re prepared. Know the risks about the different disasters and hazards that could affect you and your family where you live, work, and go to school.