Remember, the best time to prepare is now. For Carteret County residents, please find some helpful resources and tips below to make sure you ready to face another hurricane season.
1) Know the Difference
A HURRICANE WATCH means "Be on guard" and lets you know that weather conditions are favorable for a hazard to occur. Watches are issued 48 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds.
Steps to take
- Check your disaster supply kit
- Gather awareness and initiate protective measures
A HURRICANE WARNING requires immediate action and lets you know a weather hazard is occurring or could occur at any moment. Warnings are issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds.
Steps to take
- Ready your disaster kit for use
- Use your family disaster plan and head to safety immediately
2) Prepare your emergency disaster kit
3) Know your resources
- CodeRED is an emergency notification service for residents of Carteret County. Click here to register your landline, cell phone or email address.
- Follow these steps from FEMA to prepare for a storm.
- Visit the National Hurricane Center to view the Doppler radar and stay up to date on hurricane tracking.
- Visit the Carteret County website for a list of emergency services.
- Emergency Shelters
For short-term relief during a storm, Carteret County operates various shelters. Persons evacuating to a pre-storm hurricane shelter should bring these supplies.
Long-term shelters that provide cots and food for persons displaced from a storm will be established by the county after a storm has passed.
- Medical Needs
For persons considered medically fragile, Carteret Health Care operates a shelter at the Leon Mann Enrichment Center located at 3820 Galantis Street, Morehead City. Persons wishing to use the special needs medical shelter must pre-register. You can contact Carteret County Emergency Services at (252) 222-5841.
- Caring for Pets
Most emergency shelters do not take in pets. However, persons with small, domesticated pets can shelter with their pet at Newport Middle School. Learn more and pre-register your pet here.
Before a disaster, make sure you have the following emergency pet kit:
- Current pet photo
- Identification on collar and a leash on hand
- Ensure vaccinations are up-to-date and have a copy of their records
- Provide a pet carrier for each pet
- Ample supply of food and water
- Medications with instructions
- Bags for clean-up
4) Prepare with insurance
Proper insurance is your best defense to protect your property in a hurricane. Consider these three types of insurance:
- Flood - required for coverage for any damages resulting from rising water. Coverage provided by a separate flood policy.
- Homeowners - covers damage from fire, theft, wind.
- Wind - some homeowners policies do not include wind damage. Coverage is provided by a separate wind policy.
- Structure Protection
Any home being used as a hurricane shelter should have the following structural protection in place. Methods to provide these structural improvements must be initiated far in advance of an approaching storm.
- Alternative Electrical System
- Garage Door Protection
- Window Protection
5) Safely clean up your home in the aftermath
Lastly follow these recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control to safely clean up after a severe weather event.
We hope you take care and stay safe this hurricane season.