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N.C. Public Power Communities Prepare for Hurricane Irene

8/24/2011 2:07:54 PM

NC Public Power communities are prepared for any power outages caused by Hurricane Irene. The Emergency Assistance Program has been activated and is ready to respond in outage areas.

Being prepared and planning ahead are critically important in remaining safe during storms. North Carolina Public Power communities have several tips to help. View our Hurricane Safety video on You Tube for more tips.

Before the Storm Strikes
• Stock up on non-perishable food, medicine, baby supplies and pet food.
• Purchase bottled water; 1 gallon of water per person per day.
• Gather emergency supplies, such as flashlights, battery-operated radios, extension cords and emergency generators, and purchase extra batteries.
• Monitor official weather bulletins.
• Keep extra cash on hand.
• Review evacuation routes.
• Arrange for safe sheltering for your pet if you must evacuate. Public shelters usually do not accept pets.
• Keep your vehicle’s fuel tank full.
• Move yard items and patio furniture inside. Even small items can become dangerous in high winds.
• If a family member uses life-sustaining medical equipment, develop an emergency plan for generating power or plan to relocate.

Public power customers should report any power outages or downed lines directly to their local utility.

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