Residents urged to update emergency supply kits

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Wayne County Emergency Management encourages residents to plan now for hurricanes by updating their emergency plans and supply kits.

Hurricane season runs from June 1 through Nov. 30.

“Preparing for a disaster begins with having a plan and an emergency kit,” said Aaron Stryker, emergency management coordinator. “Now is the time to prepare for this hurricane season.”

The Wayne County Board of Commissioners declared May 9-15 as Hurricane Preparedness Week.

Residents should take time to review and practice their emergency plans.

“By being prepared for a hurricane, tropical storm, or any disaster, you’re helping to protect you and your family as well as our first responders,” said Chairman George Wayne Aycock Jr.

Families and businesses are encouraged to write down their plan and gather important documents, such as copy of driver’s license, insurance policies, medicals records, and bank account statements, and put them somewhere they can quickly access in case of emergency. 

Assemble an emergency supplies kit that includes enough nonperishable food and water to last each family member three to seven days. Other essential items include: first-aid kit, weather radio and batteries, prescription medications, sleeping bags or blankets, changes of clothes, hygiene items (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap and deodorant), cash, face coverings and hand sanitizer.

Residents are reminds to review and update their homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policies to ensure they include coverage for damage, natural disasters and flood insurance.

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