HURRICANE SEASON: Prepare Now For Next Storm

While hurricane season doesn't officially start until Friday, it's a good idea to prepare now in case another storm hits Eastern Carolina. With already two named storms so far this year, many people are getting ready now.

Governor Beverly Perdue has declared this week as Hurricane Preparedness Week in the state. The governor says now is a good time to update your emergency plans and your hurricane kits.

Residents also are encouraged to review and update their homeowners' insurance policies now to make sure they include coverage for accidental damage and natural disasters and, if necessary, flood insurance.

Storm preps kits should contain enough non-perishable food and a gallon of water per person per day to last three to seven days. The kit should also include the following essentials:

· Copies of insurance papers and identification sealed in a watertight plastic bag
· First-aid kit
· Weather radio and batteries
· Supply of prescription medicines
· Bedding
· Changes of clothes
· Hygiene items such as toothbrush, toothpaste, soap and deodorant
· Cash or checkbook
· Pet supplies including food, water, leashes, bedding, muzzle and vaccination records

Last year, Hurricane Irene came ashore in Eastern Carolina as a category 1 storm, but caused flooding of between three and five feet in several coastal communities.

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