It is expected that Fayetteville NC (and therefore Linden NC) will be affected by Tropical Storm Irma with heavy rains and winds. Even though Irma is a tropical storm, the affects that it has will still be far-reaching in distance, and in time it takes to recover. Currently, Cumberland County has a high wind advisory:
…A WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 AM EDT TUESDAY…
* TIMING…WINDS WILL STRENGTHEN THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING. THE
STRONGEST WINDS ARE EXPECTED BETWEEN 6 PM THIS EVENING AND 2 AM
TUESDAY MORNING. WINDS WILL WEAKEN EARLY TUESDAY MORNING.
* WINDS…NORTHEAST AT 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 45 MPH.
* IMPACTS…WINDS OF THIS MAGNITUDE WILL BE CAPABLE OF KNOCKING
DOWN OLD OR WEAKENED TREES, TREE BRANCHES, AND MAY RESULT IN
ISOLATED POWER OUTAGES.
FALLING TREES AND TREE LIMBS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR NUMEROUS
INJURIES AND FATALITIES EVERY YEAR IN CENTRAL NORTH CAROLINA.
SEEK ADEQUATE SHELTER LATE TONIGHT INTO TUESDAY AND PREPARE FOR
POSSIBLE POWER AND COMMUNICATION OUTAGES.
Be Prepared to evacuate and listen to your local officials
The main thing during a storm event is to remain calm and remain safe by listening to your local government officials, first responders, and/or local low enforcement. You should already have a plan in place for hunkering down or relocating as directed. Create your storm “bug-out” kit with the basic items you will need to survive if you are evacuated, and have the kit readily available. DO NOT have the same kit for staying in place that you do for evacuation. Both storm kits may have the same items (water, non-perishable food, clean dry clothes, etc), but each kit is created for a specific mission.
Building your storm “bug-out” evacuation kit is easy, if you just remember that you will be leaving under emergency conditions, and when you get to a shelter or relocation point, you won’t have much room. Each member of your household should have a kit, and each person should carry and maintain his/her own kit. Each should bear the owner’s name. If evacuating with household pets, they should also have a kit available. The kits should be prepared in advance, should you have to evacuate with only minutes of notice. Start with a backpack and/or nylon “draw string” type camper’s laundry bag; something that is easy to carry for extended periods of time.
Your storm “hunker down” kit should also be created prior to the need. Use a plastic waterproof container/tub and make sure you inventory/maintain your kit on a regular basis.
Most of the items are available at most stores, and if you attempt to build your kit at the last minute most items are going to be gone or unavailable.
Your kits should include:
|Flashlights||Battery Operated radio with NOAA Channel||Spare batteries for all your kit items||Waterproof matches|
|First Aid Kit||Duct Tape and Plastic Sheeting%||Rain gear||Clock (Battery powered or wind up)|
|Plastic Garbage bags||Fire Extinguisher||Scissors or Knife||Clean Clothes (the ability to change into clean socks/underwear is essential)|
|Blankets or Sleeping Bags||Heavy Gloves||Non-perishable Canned Food and Manual Can opener||Water (1 gallon/person/day)%|
|Generator and Fuel (if applicable)*%||Cooking device (camp stove)*%||Water, food, leash, harness, Collar, copy of medical records, tags, and medication for your pets (if applicable)|
|* DO NOT USE GENERATORS OF STOVES INSIDE AS THESE CREATE DEADLY GASES
% Not necessary for “bug-out” evacuation kit