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Perdue issues hurricane preparedness advisory

Posted May 26, 2010

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— Less than a week before the start of the 2010 Atlantic Ocean hurricane season starts, Gov. Beverly Perdue urged North Carolina residents Wednesday to make preparations in advance of any storm.

“North Carolinians understand well the dangers of hurricanes and tropical storms, and we know that the coast isn’t the only place that is vulnerable this time of year," Perdue said. "Storms that track inland have brought devastation across the Tar Heel state, and that means I have one message for all of our residents: No matter where you live, you need to be prepared. We all need to be disaster-ready at all times.”

People should assemble a hurricane kit, map out an evacuation route, put together a list of out-of-state contacts and make arrangements to care for their pets, she said. A hurricane kit should include bottled water, non-perishable food, medications, toiletries, cash, flashlights, batteries, a portable radio, bedding, clothes, insurance papers and first-aid items, she said.

State Department of Insurance officials also recommended that people in flood-prone areas buy flood insurance since homeowner's policies don't cover damage from rising waters.

One in five hurricanes and tropical storms affect North Carolina during a typical year, and Perdue said that, despite a projected budget deficit, the state is prepared to provide necessary assistance before, during and after a storm.

"I feel very comfortable that I have the ability with the General Assembly – the leaders who understand this so well – that, if 'the big one' comes, North Carolina will have the resources to do what we want to do and should do for our people," she said.

North Carolina State University researchers last month predicted above-normal hurricane activity in the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico this year. Their forecast calls for 15 to 18 named storms, including eight to 11 hurricanes.

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  • McLovin May 27, 2010

    If there is a hurricane coming for NC, she would probably just go to DC and hide out

  • ccacrabbitdog May 26, 2010

    we should pay attn. she's good at dodging storms...what ever happenend to wral's investigation into her relationship with a certain col. of a certain state agency?

  • shortcake53 May 26, 2010

    I had to laugh at this... her telling us to plan for a disaster is like telling people on the Titanic to expect to get a little wet. Look around you Bev! Do you not see what we see???

  • cwood3 May 26, 2010

    Bev-leading North Carolina in a disaster?? Heavens-we could be in deep-deep sh.. with her at the helm.

    WE had an opportunity to elect a leader. Instead coattails got her in office.

    Pray for calm!!

  • tatermommy52 May 26, 2010

    She always sounds so uneducated.

  • Hans May 26, 2010

    Thanks, Bev. Don't know what we'd do without ya.