Many of us look forward to summer in North Carolina with its sunny days, warm weather and relaxing time spent with family and friends. However, the arrival of summer also ushers in the potential for hurricanes and storms that can impact our state from the mountains to the coast.

The Atlantic hurricane season officially began on June 1 and runs through the end of November, meaning that now is the time to prepare for storm season. Here are some proactive steps you can take to get ready for summer storms and the heavy rain, wind and hail they may bring:

  1. Make a plan. Identify the safest spots in your home, designate a meeting place and write down emergency contact information. Also identify evacuation routes.
  2. Compile an emergency kit. Include three days’ worth of water and food (for you and pets), batteries, a flashlight, a first aid kit, medications, cash and other essential items. Also, make sure to charge your cell phone and secure or store outdoor items in advance of an approaching storm.
  3. Review storm safety tips. Learn how to stay safe through hurricanes and adverse weather by visiting Browse through the Storm Center section (under the Energy Center tab) to view storm checklists and additional storm resources.
  4. Connect with us. Stay up-to-date with the latest outage updates and other important information by clicking here.

No matter what this summer has in store, JOEMC is ready to respond, and we encourage you to be prepared, too.