"As we have just experienced with Ernesto, the best time to prepare for emergencies is before they happen," said Easley. "I urge every citizen to have an emergency plan and disaster supply kit. Those who have plans and supplies will fare better than those who do not."
The governor's proclamation coincides with National Preparedness Month, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and held each September to encourage Americans to prepare for emergencies.
In the last five years, North Carolina has experienced nearly 200 tornadoes, more than 3,000 severe thunderstorms and 15 tropical storms or hurricanes, as well as blizzards, ice storms and heat waves. During these weather events, it is imperative that citizens are prepared to evacuate or survive in their homes without power and other utilities.
"Emergencies cause disruptions in the systems we depend on daily -- electricity, clean water, grocery stores, gas stations, transportation, commerce and education," said Doug Hoell, director of the N.C. Division of Emergency Management. "If people can be prepared for those disruptions, then emergency responders can focus on helping those who are in life-threatening situations."
The N.C. Department of Crime Control & Public Safety (CCPS) and N.C. Citizen Corps launched a public awareness campaign to provide citizens with information they need to prepare for disasters.
"At the height of hurricane season and with the recent resurgence of terrorist threats, people must take action to help protect themselves and their families," said Bryan Beatty, CCPS Secretary.
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