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It Is Always Good To Be Prepared
Published by Beverly McClellan on June 1, 2020

Some may remember Hurricane Florence, the disaster that hit North Carolina during 2018.  You may also remember Hurricane Dorian and other 2019 storms. One thing for sure, it is always good to be prepared for any upcoming disaster. 

Cumberland County is a military community and here are some of the quick reminders from the Military Times ( to prepare all citizens from the wrath of disasters. 



  • Know your emergency procedures. Sign up for community-wide alerts, and follow leaders’ instructions.
  • Make an emergency communication plan. Decide on a point of contact – a friend or family member in another state or region not expected to be affected by the storm – so that family members dispersed locally can stay in touch. Make sure everyone has cellphone numbers, so you can call or text. You may decide to use email or social media. Keep cellphones charged and have your on-the-go charging equipment ready.
  • Build an inventory of critical emergency supplies including water, batteries, flashlights and generators.
  • Fill your vehicle’s gas tank. (Make it a habit to keep at least a half of a tank full of gas at all times.)
  • Get prescriptions refilled and know your health benefits.
  • Remember to document your property before the disaster by using cellphone photos/videos and document  after the disaster too. Take pictures of items and appraisals or other documentation and save this information on a disc or thumb drive or use cloud storage.
  • In a waterproof container, put passports, birth certificates, marriage license, Social Security cards, shot records, insurance policies, important medical or military information and other documents, and important phone numbers. Make sure you have your drivers’ licenses, military ID cards, checkbook, debit and credit cards.
  • Stash your cash (what you can) ahead of time, because cash will be king if there’s no power, no working ATMs, no writing checks or using any sort of electronic payment at stores.
  • If you’re leaving without a vehicle, you’ll be limited to what each family member can carry. You will want water, nonperishable food, clothes and shoes, toiletries, first-aid supplies, a cellphone charger, a battery-operated radio and batteries.
  • If you’re leaving in a vehicle, the Federal Emergency Management Agency recommends adding things like a three-day supply of food and water for each family member, including infant formula and diapers; other necessities to meet special needs of family members, such as the elderly; and consider sleeping bags and blankets, and paper plates, cups and utensils;, moist towelettes; books and games and other activities for children.
  • If you have a pet, don’t forget food, supplies and extra water.

Consider these tips to help you get ready well before any future natural disaster strikes. It is always good to be prepared.