It may feel like the 2021 hurricane season just ended however the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season is quickly approaching and will officially begin on June 1.

JOEMC encourages all our members to prepare now for potential storms. North Carolina is one of the leading states for overall damage from hurricanes and living on the coast has exposed our community to the impact of these storms firsthand in recent years.

Here are some things you should do BEFORE hurricane season starts:

  1. Outline a communication and evacuation plan for your family. If you have pets or any livestock, include them in your plan.
  2. Create an emergency kit that includes important documents sealed in a watertight plastic bag. Also remember to include cash, enough non-perishable food, water, and medication for at least three days, a first-aid kit, a battery-powered radio and flashlight, extra batteries, personal hygiene items, extra clothes, blankets, food, and supplies for pets.
  3. Sign-up for local weather alerts and warnings. You can also visit  or download the free ReadyNC app for tips for preparing for natural disasters and real-time weather and traffic information.
  4. If you’ve opt-out of JOEMC’s outage text alert program, now might be the time to re-register — click here to take care of it.  Also, keep our outage reporting number and email handy: (910) 353-1940 and joemc@
  5. Don’t forget to connect with us online at or on social media to stay informed about outages and other storm information.