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Preparing for Hurricane Florence


CHECK OUT THESE NEW FACT SHEETS with Hurricane Florence Response & Recovery Information from NCDHHS:

More details can be found on the NCDHHS website at https://www.ncdhhs.gov/hurricane-florence

Watch these Accessible Videos with Important Messages from FEMA:

  • Make sure food is safe to eat. Never taste food to determine if it’s safe to eat. Food may have spoiled if refrigeration was lost during power outage. Throw away any food that touched flood water. (USDA Food Safety After a Disaster (with ASL): https://youtu.be/vMNqXakhb00)
  • Keep children out of flood water. Flood waters may contain hazardous materials or dangerous animals. (CDC Flood Waters During and After a Disaster (with ASL): https://youtu.be/Z3vqPQhkTIY)
  • Start the recovery process. If you have insurance, and it’s safe to return home, call your insurance company to file a claim. Take photos and videos of all damages before you start cleaning up. (National Flood Insurance Program – How to File a Claim (with ASL): https://youtu.be/t_OFOP6zljQ)
  • Never forget – CASH IS BEST! A financial contribution to a recognized disaster relief organization is the most effective donation to make. (Donating after a disaster (with ASL): https://youtu.be/s6b1-tkV77s)
  • Join a team! Do not travel to the affected area to volunteer without first connecting with an established voluntary organization.  This can put you in danger, slow first responders, and fill lodging needed by survivors.


DIALYSIS SERVICES HOTLINE 1-800-524-7139 This is the hotline in North Carolina for people to find dialysis services during the storm.

UNC URGENT CARE 24/7 will be made available as a FREE Service started at midnight last night (9/13) through Sunday to support North Carolinians during Hurricane Florence. (Services also available in Spanish)

How to Utilize:

Note, this is an on-line service so people will need a working phone or PC with Internet or cell service. 

September is National Preparedness Month, and there is no better time to prepare for emergencies than right now as Hurricane Florence heads toward the East Coast. While Florence’s direct path is still uncertain, NCCDD wants everyone to prepare for the possibility of this storm having a direct impact on our state by this Thursday, and Governor Roy Cooper has declared a State of Emergency.

NCCDD’s Emergency Preparedness for People with I/DD initiative provided many resources to assist people with I/DD as well as access and functional needs in preparing for hurricanes and other types of emergencies.

Please be sure to check out the following resources on the Ready NC website:

Household Emergency Plan: https://readync.org/img/ENGL-HouseholdEmPlan_AccessPDF_logos.pdf
Staying Independent During Disasters Checklist: https://readync.org/img/Staying%20Independent%20flier_final.pdf
What to take to a shelter checklist: https://readync.org/img/What%20to%20take%20to%20a%20shelter%20flier%20final.pdf
Show Me: A Communication Tool for Emergency Shelters booklet: https://readync.org/img/ShowMeBook_2015b.pdf

Additionally, on the ReadyNC website, click on Emergency Preparedness to access information about a variety of topics to help you prepare for any emergency. Topics range from “Make A Plan” to “Get a Kit” to “Evacuating” to “Functional Needs” to “Pets & Service Animals” and more. Some of these topics also have the information available in ASL with captions, and anyone who needs this information in ASL can click the YouTube icons that say, “Watch the ASL Video.”

Please also remember to:

  • Have enough food, water, and clean clothes to last for seven days.
  • Refill your prescriptions for medications you need. When the Governor issues a State of Emergency, pharmacies may refill current, valid prescriptions early.
  • Go on a scavenger hunt through your house to find many of the items for your emergency preparedness kit.
  • Don’t wait to purchase what you need!

Download the free ReadyNC app at https://readync.org/EN/Plan.html for your iPhone or Android phone to stay updated on the latest storm news.


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