- Published on Thursday, 06 September 2012 23:36
- Written by Super User
Urges Citizens to Be Ready for Natural and Manmade Disasters
RALEIGH - Gov. Bev Perdue has proclaimed September as Emergency Preparedness Month to encourage families, businesses and schools to take precautionary measures to prepare themselves for a variety of emergencies.
She urged every citizen to have both an emergency plan and kit.
“Hurricane Irene and the statewide tornado outbreak last year were sobering reminders just how important it is that all of us are prepared for any type of emergency,” Perdue said. “Whether it is a hurricane, tornado, flash flood, snow storm or even earthquake, it is vital that all North Carolinians know what to do when storms threaten. We need to be ready at all times for a disaster.”
Perdue explained that it does not take a major hurricane or tornado to cause extensive damage to a home or to disrupt normal business operations. The heavy rains and severe thunderstorms that struck Halifax and Northampton counties in late August produced extensive flooding in only a few short hours.
“We all know that the best time to prepare for emergencies is before they happen,” Perdue said. “The easiest, most economical way people can protect their families and businesses is to plan ahead, gather those supplies and discuss their emergency plans. Those people who are better prepared will fare better during the disaster and recover more quickly.”
Last year alone, North Carolina experienced 63 tornadoes, nearly half of those were during the statewide outbreak on April 16.
In addition, there were more than 1,400 severe thunderstorms, more than 375 hail storms, as well as Hurricane Irene and the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee.
Perdue urged all levels of the community to be prepared. Individuals and families should have their emergency plans and supplies in place. Cities, counties and state agencies should routinely test and exercise their response plans.
A variety of information about planning for disasters of any kind is available at www.readync.org. Emergency preparedness information is available in Spanish at www.listonc.org.
For updates on disasters that impact the state, follow NC Emergency Management on Facebook and Twitter.
The governor's proclamation of Emergency Preparedness Month coincides with National Preparedness Month, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and held each September to encourage Americans to prepare for emergencies. The Web site for the national campaign is www.ready.gov.