NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Hurricane Fran barreled into the southeastern North Carolina coastline 22 years ago Wednesday, and there is another F-named storm that is now attracting attention.
"It is still too far out to tell with Florence," Zak Whicker with New Hanover County Emergency Management said of a hurricane churning in the Atlantic Ocean. "There is a bunch of variables. Direction, track and the final wind speed and impact are still to be determined by the time we get through this weekend and early next week."
Whicker said the county's Emergency Operations Center is not active yet, but the staff is closely monitoring Hurricane Florence and reviewing plans. Emergency personnel is in close contact with community partners and nonprofits like the American Red Cross.
"We are in the peak of hurricane season," said Whicker. "We want to encourage everyone in the community to look at their emergency plans and build an emergency kit if you don't have one already."
According to ready.gov, a hurricane kit should contain the following items:
- Water - one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
- Food - at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
- First aid kit
- Extra batteries
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Manual can opener for food
- Local maps
- Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery
Whicker said the NHC Emergency Management website contains resources for residents during hurricane season and tips on how to stay prepared and vigilant.
You can also sign up for emergency text or email alerts from the county by clicking here.