As we see images of evacuating residents, busy interstates as people move inland, and the live satellite views of Hurricane Florence, we understand the severity of the inclement weather approaching. Talon’s thoughts and prayers are with the citizens of these coastal towns and inland areas that may be impacted by the hurricane’s path.
Hurricane Florence is set to make landfall on the East Coast of the United States Friday and mandatory evacuation has been issued for most of these areas. Currently, Florence has sustained winds in excess of 130 mph and is expected to strengthen over the next 24-36 hours before making landfall. The longer the storms sits off the coast the more opportunity there is for increased storm surge and flooding in impacted areas.
In evacuation and storm-impacted areas, you may encounter electrical hazards, carbon monoxide, heat stress, stranded motor vehicles, and even hazardous materials. In preparing your evacuation plan, please remember these important things. Bring at least a 3-day supply of water and non-perishable foods for adults as well as infants. Pack medications for at least one week and copies of your prescriptions. Flashlights, batteries, and a multipurpose tool are always handy. Also, It is important to have emergency cash funds to sustain your family for several days at a minimum. Personal hygiene supplies are important and should include antibacterial soap, paper towels, toilet paper, toothbrushes, and toothpaste. A first aid kit with antibiotic ointment and sunblock should round out your kit.
Talon’s support efforts in recent natural disaster put safety at the top of our mind. We encourage all residents to stay attentive in their evacuation process, be prepared and stay safe.