Asheville Hurricane and Tropical Storm Preparedness
Hurricane and Tropical Storm Preparedness
Every year, Asheville tropical storms and hurricanes cause devastating loss of life and millions of dollars in damages to communities. All who live in areas prone to these storms should take the following preparation steps to ensure the best chances of survival.
Pay attention to forecasts and official communications. Tune in to your local television and radio news stations for the latest updates on storms, and keep a battery powered or hand crank radio on hand in case the power goes out. Note the location of local shelters and evacuation routes, when given.
Prepare your home before damaging winds arrive. Secure outdoor furniture or bring these items inside the home. Fortify windows by applying tape on the inside. This helps to prevent them from shattering and producing sharp projectiles in high winds. Finish the job by boarding them up on the outside to protect them from flying debris. Map the location of your gas, electric and water shut-offs. If a storm is imminent, shutting off these utilities can prevent flooding from burst water pipes, fires, and electrocution.
If there has been no order to evacuate and you plan to remain in your home throughout the Asheville storm, ensure you have adequate supplies on hand. Always assume that it could take several days before aid workers reach you. Fill your bathtub with water for washing and related needs, and fill gallon jugs with potable water for cooking and drinking. Plan to have at least three days worth of food and water on hand. Your food items should all be non-perishables that do not require cooking. If you have alternative cooking methods, such as camp stoves, use these only outdoors in a well-ventilated area to prevent accidental carbon monoxide poisoning. Other supplies to have available include flashlights, spare batteries, pet food, prescription medications, rain gear, and a first aid kit.
Keep your vehicle’s gas tank filled in case you need to evacuate. Also, include bottled water, emergency food, a small first aid kit and flashlights in case you become stranded. Do not assume that just because no evacuation orders are in effect that your area will remain safe. Be prepared at all times to evacuate quickly.
Asheville hurricanes and tropical storms cannot always be avoided. However, by preparing well you will increase your chance of survival. Do not second-guess the power of storms. Obey evacuation orders without hesitation.