Hurricane Irma has the southeastern U.S. Atlantic coast in its sights, and Wake County, NC residents know all too well how wild weather can cause major destruction in our area.
At WakeMed, we are committed to helping you and your family stay safe during inclement weather, which is why we have compiled a trusted list of resources for you and your family before, during, and after the storm.
Many of these resources link directly to FEMA’s Ready.gov website. Other resources link WakeMed blogs containing safety messages related to illnesses/injuries we’ve treated in our emergency departments following previous major storms.
Take a few minutes to review this comprehensive timeline from Ready.gov. It contains suggestions for things to do hour-by-hour before, during and after a storm. Also be sure to download the ReadyNC mobile app. This is a great resource to obtain information directly related to North Carolina.
Finally, make sure that all of your digital devices are fully charged. Only call 9-1-1 for life threatening situations.
Before The Storm
- Sign Up for ReadyWake alerts
- How to Update (or Make) Your Preparedness Kit
- Preparation Tips for Seniors
- Preparation Tips for Pets
- Make a Communication Plan for the Family
- Printable Family Communication Plan
- Shopping & Storage Tips for No Cook Meals
- Know Your Flood Risk – Interactive Flood Maps
- Know How to Get Information During a Disaster
During the Storm
After the Storm
The majority of storm-related illnesses and injuries we treat happen after the storm during debris clean up, including chainsaw injuries, snake bites, bug bites and poison ivy. Don’t let your guard down just because the storm has passed.
- Report a Power Outage (Duke Energy) – Call 800-419-6356
- Report a Power Outage (Wake Forest Electric Cooperative) – Call 919-863-6499 or 800-743-3155
- Report a Power Outage (Wake Forest Power) – Call 919-761-7899 *automated system, follow prompts
- Food Safety if Flooding Occurs or You Lose Electricity
- Safe Chainsaw Use During Storm Cleanup
- Storm Cleanup – How to Stay Safe When Nature Strikes
- Electricity Safety
- Bug Bites and Stings
- Tips & Tricks to Deal with Ticks
- Poison Ivy
- Snake Bites
We hope you find this virtual readiness kit helpful. If you would like to suggest another resource or topic, please leave a comment or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.