Hurricane Preparedness Tips
Disaster Employee Information Lines
The purpose of the network’s disaster telephone number (815-5411) is to give you information about a
disaster, including weather-related events. The line is activated in such an event to give you general
instructions. Please make a note of this important telephone number and put the number in a place
where you can easily find it. All Department Managers are encouraged to identify a voicemail-capable
number for their department. Instructions for staff in the individual department should be placed on the
voice mail at regular intervals
Department Hurricane Plans
Department Managers are responsible for reviewing department specific Hurricane Plans with you
within the next several weeks. Please make sure you know what responsibilities you will have for the
storm. If you are assigned to work during the actual storm, you need to bring your personal
preparedness kit to work. Refer to Personal Preparedness Checklist (listed below) for needed items. It is
recommended you bring an air mattress or another similar item to improve the comfort of sleeping on a
floor. It is also important to bring several changes of the appropriate clothing for the job duties to which
you are assigned.
What Should I Do During a Flood?
Now, the floodwaters are rising, and there's nothing you can do to stop them. But there are things you
can do to make sure your family stays safe until the water levels drop again.
Fill bathtubs, sinks, and jugs with clean water in case water becomes contaminated.
Listen to a battery-operated radio for the latest storm information.
If local authorities instruct you to do so, turn off all utilities at the main power switch and
close the main gas valve. If told to evacuate your home, do so immediately.
If the waters start to rise inside your house before you have evacuated, retreat to the
second floor, the attic, and if necessary, the roof.
Floodwaters may carry raw sewage, chemical waste and other disease-spreading
substances. If you've come in contact with floodwaters, wash your hands with soap and
Avoid walking through floodwaters. As little as six inches of moving water can knock
you off your feet.
Don't drive through a flooded area. If you come upon a flooded road, turn around and go
another way. A car can be carried away by just 2 feet of floodwater.
Electric current passes easily through water, so stay away from downed power lines and
Look out for animals -- especially snakes. Animals lose their homes in floods, too.
What Should I Do After A Flood?
Your community has been flooded, and your property has suffered flood damage. Stay calm and stay
safe in the days ahead by following these instructions.
FIRST STEP: If your home has suffered damage, call the agent who handles your flood
insurance to file a claim. If you are unable to stay in your home, make sure to say where
you can be reached.
To make filing your claim easier, take photos of any water in the house and save
damaged personal property. If necessary, place these items outside the home. An
insurance adjuster will need to see what's been damaged in order to process your claim.
Check for structural damage before re-entering your home. Don't go in if there is a
chance of the building collapsing.
Hurricane Preparedness Tips
Upon re-entering your property, do not use matches, cigarette lighters or other open
flames since gas may be trapped inside. If you smell gas or hear hissing, open a window,
leave quickly, and call the gas company from a neighbor's home.
Keep power off until an electrician has inspected your system for safety.
Check for sewage and water line damage. If you suspect damage, avoid using the toilets
and the tap and call a plumber.
Throw away any food -- including canned goods -- that has come in contact with
Until local authorities declare your water supply to be safe, boil water for drinking and
Make sure to follow local building codes and ordinances when rebuilding. Use flood-
resistant materials and techniques to protect your property from future flood damage.
Salvage water-damaged books, heirlooms and photographs with restoration tips from the
National Flood Insurance Program at www.fema.gov/nfip/
With hurricane season underway it is important to remain alert and prepared.
Pre-Storm Personal Emergency Preparedness Checklist
As an employee of New Hanover Health Network, you have responsibilities during a hurricane.
However, the most important step for you to take is to make sure that you are personally prepared for
the season. Listed below is a checklist to help you prepare for the season. Please take the time to
review this information carefully.
A. Protect Your Investments
Do you have the right insurance policies and do you have adequate
coverage? Do you have flood and/or wind insurance if you live in vulnerable
areas? Have you read your policies so you know what is covered?
Do you have insurance coverage for specialty items? e.g. boats, artwork
Have you photographed and/or videotaped every room in your home?
Have you completed your household inventory list, writing down the make
and model numbers of major items?
Have you determined what valuable items you will take with you if you have to
Do you have the originals of items 1-4 in a secure place? (Note: this should
not be your home; recommend a bank safety deposit box). A copy of
important papers should be kept in your evacuation kit.
B. Protect Your Property
Have you inspected your property, looking for potential problems?
Have you removed dead branches and trees that are leaning more than 45
degrees? Have you removed branches from near your roof? (Call
professionals to remove branches that are close to utility lines.
Are the gutters of your home clean?
Hurricane Preparedness Tips
Do you have your plan for window protection?
What are you going to do with your boat?
What are you going to do with your pets? (Call Safety Services for information
C. Protect Your Family
Do you have plans for what you are going to do with your family in the event
of a storm?
If you are planning evacuation from the area, where are you going? (Plan to
travel west). Do you have the route selected?
Do you have a person selected, outside the region, with whom to
communicate your evacuation destination?
Do you have your required ID to re-enter restricted areas (e.g. the beach
community) following the storm?
Do you have your Evacuation Kits ready? Plan one for your family and one for
yourself, if you are going to be scheduled to work. The kits should contain
items to last 4-5 days:
o Copies of your valuable papers
o First Aid Kit
o Extra prescription glasses/prosthetic aids
o Food that does not require cooking
o Disposable eating utensils
o Water (estimate 2 quarts of drinking water per person per day)
o Personal hygiene products
o Clothing (If reporting to duty: clothing should be light, but appropriate attire
for expected duties)
o Bedding: to include sheets, pillow, sleeping bag, blanket, padding for the
o Flashlight and extra batteries
o Entertainment (cards, games)
o Battery-operated radio
o Battery-operated clock
D. Be a Good Neighbor
Do you have co-workers who are new to the area and have not lived in
“hurricane country” before? Please take time to give them assistance in
preparing for the season.
Are there neighbors, particularly those with small children, the disabled or the
elderly that could use your assistance and/or knowledge? Take responsibility in
helping to prepare your community!