THE KEY TO SURVIVAL IS ADVANCE PREPARATION!

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It is important to know the area that you live prior to hurricane season. Know the elevation of your property, nearby rivers, sounds, swamps and other bodies of water. If you live near the water in an evacuation zone, or in a low-lying area, be prepared (in advance) to leave.

If you live in a mobile, modular, manufactured home or structurally unstable dwelling in ANY zone, YOU SHOULD EVACUATE! Also, if you live in a structure that is surrounded by trees and the storm is a powerful windstorm you should consider evacuation.

If authorities decide to evacuate an area for your protection, it is important to stay calm, listen carefully and follow all instructions. When a mandatory evacuation order is given this means that you may not be able to receive emergency services law enforcement, fire, ambulance, etc.) in this area, because of the storm, therefore it is important for you to evacuate to a safe place.

During a Hurricane Watch listen to your LOCAL radio stations, county/city cable access channels and TV channels for information.

Know in advance the evacuation routes for your area.

The evacuation route for Camden and Pasquotank Counties is:

Evacuation traffic is routed along US 158 to Bypass US 17 in Elizabeth City'. (Across the Camden Causeway Bridge-down Elizabeth Street to Hughes Blvd.) Once traffic reaches US 17 vehicles may travel south towards the Williamston area to US 64 and then to 1-95 or may elect to travel west to US 158 towards Roanoke Rapids area to 1-95 or into Virginia. (Follow the signals of the law enforcement officers directing traffic at the control points and/or the Evacuation Message Signs.)

The first inland shelter is in Pasquotank County at the Kermit E. White Center on Weeksville Road. (There are no shelters in Dare, Currituck or Camden Counties). The Kermit E. White Center has a shelter capacity of 500, which is not nearly enough for the residents of four counties, especially if it fills up with tourists. Therefore, this shelter is generally not a first-opened shelter, but shelters further inland in the Rocky Mount, Tarboro, Wilson, etc. areas are opened first. When the Kermit E. White Center Shelter is opened a telephone number will be published, through various media channels, that may be called if transportation is needed to the shelter.

The Kermit E. White Center is a RED CROSS shelter, therefore pets are NOT allowed in the facility. Do not assume the shelter will have everything you need. In most cases they will provide only emergency items such as meals, cots and blankets. Take personal items such as toothbrushes, deodorant, special dietary foods, medications, hearing aids (and batteries), dentures, extra clothing, etc. KEEP IMPORTANT PAPERS WITH YOU AT ALL TIMES (Drivers License's or other identification, Insurance Policies, Property Inventory, Vital Family Papers, etc.) Be prepared to offer assistance to shelter workers if necessary, and stress to all family members their obligations to keep the shelter clean and sanitary.

You must consider a hurricane a serious, life-threatening situation, and take the necessary precautions.

 
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Last Updated: September 12, 2005