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Preparing for a Hurricane or Tropical Storm
- When you learn that a hurricane or tropical storm is threatening, you should prepare a Disaster Supplies Kit, gather important phone numbers and maps, and get your home ready in case the storm should affect your area.
- In the event of a natural disaster, your family should plan to be self-sufficient for a minimum of three days.
- Your Disaster Supplies Kit should include:
- a first aid kit and prescription medications
- canned food, a hand operated can opener, and at least 3 gallons of water per person
- protective clothing, rainwear, blankets or sleeping bags
- a battery powered radio, flashlight, extra batteries and extra cash
- special items for infants, children, elderly or disabled family members
- instructions for turning off utilities if you're advised to do so
- A hurricane warning means that hurricane conditions are expected in the area usually within 24 hours. A hurricane watch (which generally precedes a hurricane warning) means that hurricane conditions are possible in the area within 36 hours.
- When a hurricane watch is issued, you should:
- fill the car with gas
- pay close attention to weather statements on local radio, television, or NOAA Weather Radio
- double check your Disaster Supplies Kit and add last minute supplies
- prepare to bring lawn furniture, decorations, trash cans, and hanging plants indoors.
- You should plan to evacuate your home when local emergency officials instruct you to do so. Be sure to bring along your Disaster Supplies Kit and personal identification.
- Do NOT assume that all is safe because you are not asked to evacuate. Severe weather from hurricanes can be unpredictable, and can affect homes even hundreds of miles inland from the coast. During the storm, stay inside and away from windows. Should tornadoes form, stay in the center of your home in a closet or bathroom without windows. Stay tuned to local radio and television stations or NOAA weather radio for information and instructions.
- When you evacuate your home, your pets should go with you to a hotel that you know will take pets. Do NOT take them to a shelter, or leave them in your home. Make sure you have food, water, medicines, a leash or pet carrier, and up-to-date identification tags with you.
- If you are home and the power goes out, and your refrigerator is full of food, do NOT open your refrigerator unless it is absolutely necessary. Most foods will stay cold in a closed refrigerator for up to three days. However, if in doubt about the safety of certain foods, be safe and discard them.
- If you see a downed power line, you should assume it is still on and avoid it at all costs, until utility crews can remove and repair it.
- The first thing you should do after the storm is inspect your home to see if you have damage. Remove any debris that might cause added danger (but remeber to be aware of gas leaks and avoid any downed power lines!). Make any temporary repairs needed to weatherproof your home. Make a list of items to cover with your insurance agent and take photos if you can. If your phones are working, do not use them except for urgent calls since phone lines will be jammed. Listen to local radio and television reports for information on power restoration. Utility crews will already be at work to restore power.
TAR RIVER STREAM FLOW GAUGES
The US Geological Survey has installed real-time river and stream gauges throughout the State of North Carolina in order to monitor water levels and flow velocity. These gauges are helpful to emergency services by providing a means to look at river and stream conditions in order to plan for potential flood events. The City of Rocky Mount and the USGS have cooperated to install three river gauges on the Tar River near the City and another gauge on Stony Creek. The Tar River courses through the city limits of Rocky Mount and provides the primary source for drinking water. The river is in the Tar/Pamlico River Basin and drains approximately 777 square miles of terrain in eastern North Carolina.
The four gauges referred to above are shown on the interactive map below; locations and descriptions for each gauge are shown in the table under the map. Use the map controls to zoom in for a closer look at a gauge location, then click on the gauge marker on the map (or on the gauge number in the table) to view real-time stream flow data for that gauge.
|GAUGE #||LOCATION & DESCRIPTION|
|02082506||Tar River Reservoir near Rocky Mount
Lamons Ferry Bridge on Halifax Road (upstream gauge)
|0208250885||Tar River at US 301 Bypass at Rocky Mount|
|02082576||Stony Creek near Rocky Mount|
|02082585||Tar River at NC 97 at Rocky Mount
River bridge at Highway 97 (Atlantic Avenue) (downstream gauge)
American Red Cross
Centers for Disease Control - Emergency Preparedness for Spanish Speakers
Department of Homeland Security
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
National Hurricane Center
State of North Carolina Division of Emergency Management
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Emergency Preparedness and Response