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Disasters can happen anytime, anywhere, and when disaster strikes, you may not have much time to respond. Depending on the disaster – a hurricane, winter storm, or hazardous material spill – you could be confined to your home without water and electricity for days, or you may be asked to evacuate the area.

Before, during, and after a disaster, local officials and relief volunteers will be working hard to keep people safe. However, they may not be able to reach everyone quickly, so it is important to plan ahead before disaster strikes. Below are some steps you can take to make sure you are prepared for an emergency: 

Create an emergency plan, including plans for evacuation or sheltering in place.

Build an emergency supply kit with enough supplies for three to seven days for each household member, including pets.

Stay informed before, during, and after an emergency event.

Visit and for more information on emergency preparedness.

Emergency Management: 230 Government Center Drive, Suite 115 • Wilmington, NC 28403 • Phone 910-798-6900 • Fax 910-798-6904