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Are you prepared for Hurricane Florence?

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With Hurricane Florence looming at our shores, people are in a rush to gather supplies to prepare for her arrival. These strong storms can be life-threatening disasters that often bring additional hazards such as flooding, high winds, and tornadoes. 

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If you haven't already, please take a moment to go over these valuable tips to help prepare you and your family. 

Basic Survival Needs:

Emergency Disaster Kit

A gallon of water per person per day.(The American Red Cross recommends 3-day supply for evacuation and a 2 week supply for home use) 

Non-perishable easy to prepare food items.

  • Flashlights
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radios.
  • Extra batteries.
  • First Aid Kit
  • Hygiene items

Copies of personal documents (medication lists, insurance papers, proof of address, birth certificates, ids, passports, home ownership documents etc.) 

  • Extra Cash
  • Map of the area
  • Any medications your family needs
  • Pet Supplies (REMEMBER IF IT'S NOT SAFE FOR YOU AT HOME IT'S NOT SAFE FOR YOU PET EITHER!) Include your pets in your plan! 

Create an evacuation plan:


  • Fill your car's gas tank.
  • Identify solutions for a variety of situations
  • Provide locations, addresses, routes, meeting places for everyone just in case your family becomes separated.  
  • Discuss the responsibilities of each member of the household.
  • Practice the plan. 
  • Provide each family member with Identification cards with emergency information if possible. Write down your address, names, phone numbers, other relatives, other contacts, etc. and keep them in a Ziploc bag on them at all times.

Stay informed:


Keep an eye on news alerts, weather channels, websites, radio stations etc., that are providing information about the status of the storm. 

Have access to NOAA broadcasts either by locating a radio station or downloading the app in the Apple Store or Google Play. 

Protecting your home: 

Board up windows

  • Board up windows.
  • Secure any outdoor furniture if possible. Move items to garages and basements to prevent items from being moved by strong winds and possibly causing damage and injury to others. 
  • Turn off propane tanks and unplug small appliances. 
  • Fill up your bathtubs with water for uses like flushing toilets or washing items. 
  • Move valuables to higher floors. 

Following these and other tips could be the difference in a mild annoyance and a lot of additional stress. 


Our family here at Hutton Power and Light hope that you and your family stay safe and take time to prepare for the upcoming dangers.