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Preparing for Hurricane Florence

Posted on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at 10:09 am

When Evacuating:

• Do not walk through moving water or drive into flooded areas. Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams, rivers or creeks, particularly during threatening conditions.

• Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most cars causing loss of control and possible stalling; a foot of water will float many vehicles.

• Monitor airline and train travel for delays and cancellations, especially if these modes of transportation are part of your evacuation plan.

• Make lodging arrangements prior to or at the start of your evacuation by asking to stay with friends or family or by making hotel arrangements in a region that is not under threat from the storm.

• Use apps on your smart phone that identify the latest traffic patterns, gas stations with available fuel and hotels with vacancies.

• Keep your out-of-town emergency contact, family members and friends informed of your location and progress throughout the evacuation process.

• Consistently monitor local media coverage and listen to local and state officials.

Before Evacuating:

• Secure your personal property and business; remove household chemicals from the garage floor and underneath your kitchen sink. Floodwater mixed with chemicals is hazardous to you and your pet’s health.

• Pack your emergency kit, critical documentation and valuables, and review your emergency communications plan.

• Keep your fuel tank filled and withdraw cash from an ATM to have on hand for necessities including: food, bottled water, medication, fuel, and lodging expenses.

• Know when to go: Identify your evacuation zone and stay alert by using your NOAA weather radio, FM/AM radio, smart phone apps, and by listening to local media and local, state or federal officials.

Westmoreland is in evacuation zone C.