Emergency Preparedness

Despite some early developers in the Atlantic (Alberto and Beryl), the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season has officially started. Utilizing forecast models, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Hurricane Center predicts there will be nine to fifteen named storms this season. Of those storms, four to eight are projected to be hurricanes prior to the close of the Season on November 30th. Though we are more inland than some NC counties, we still are very susceptible to the adverse affects of a hurricane, mainly damaging winds and flooding. The key to a safe hurricane season is preparation, so be sure to take time to plan and stock up on supplies.

For information on the Hurricane Season, and personal and family preparedness, please visit the following links:




Emergency Preparedness Kit
An emergency can strike anywhere at any time; therefore, stocking up now on emergency supplies can add to your family's safety and comfort during and after a disaster.

The best time to assemble an emergency supply kit is well before you will ever need it. Most people already have these items around the house and it is a matter of assembling them now before an emergency strikes.

Store enough supplies for at least three days, preferably seven days, in one place.

Start with an easy to carry, water tight container - a large plastic storage container will do.

  • Water - 1 gallon per person per day
  • First aid kit and first aid book
  • Pre-cooked, non-perishable foods, such as canned meats, granola bars, instant soup & cereals, etc.
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates, plastic utensils, and paper towels
  • Baby supplies
  • Non-electric can opener
  • Anti-bacterial hand wipes or gel
  • Blanket or sleeping bag per person
  • Portable radio or portable TV and extra batteries
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Essential medications
  • Extra pair of eyeglasses
  • Extra house and car keys
  • Small fire extinguisher - ABC-type
  • Food, water, leash and carrier for pets
  • Cash and change
  • Seasonal change of clothing, including sturdy shoes
  • Copies of important documents
Sanitation supplies:
  • Large plastic trash bags for waste, tarps and rain ponchos
  • Bar soap and liquid detergent
  • Shampoo
  • Toothpaste and toothbrushes
  • Feminine hygiene supplies
  • Toilet paper
  • Household bleach
  • Rubber gloves
These items are considered essential to your emergency preparedness kit; however, households should feel free to add additional supplies as needed or desired.

For more information on emergency preparedness, visit Ready NC at www.readync.org or contact the City of Burlington Emergency Management Office at (336) 229-3122.