While it may feel like the 2019 hurricane season just ended, the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is quickly approaching and will officially begin on June 1. In recognition of this, May 3-9 has been designated as Hurricane Preparedness Week, and 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.

Create an emergency kit that includes:

  • Important documents sealed in a watertight plastic bag
  •  Cash
  • Enough non-perishable food, water, and medication for at least three days
  • First-aid kit
  • Battery-powered radio
  •  Flashlight
  • Extra batteries
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Extra clothes and blankets
  • Food and other supplies for pets

Also, here are some things you should do BEFORE hurricane season starts:

  • Outline a communications and evacuation plan for your family. If you have pets or any livestock, include them in your plan.
  • Connect with us online at joemc.com or on social media to stay informed about outages and other storm information. Keep our outage reporting number and email handy: (910) 353-1940 and joemc@joemc.com.
  • Sign up for local weather alerts and warnings. You can also visit ReadyNC.org or download the free ReadyNC app for tips for preparing for natural disasters, as well as real-time weather and traffic information.

Visit the co-op’s Storm Resources Page for additional storm safety information and tips.