Hurricane season runs from June 1 to the end of November 30 for the State of North Carolina and other Northern Atlantic Region states.
NOAA has issued the scheduled update for its 2017 hurricane season outlook. Forecasters are now predicting a higher likelihood of an above-normal season, and they increased the predicted number of named storms and major hurricanes. The season has the potential to be extremely active, and could be the most active since 2010.
Forecasters now say there is a 60-percent chance of an above-normal season (compared to the May prediction of 45 percent chance), with 14-19 named storms (increased from the May predicted range of 11-17) and 2-5 major hurricanes (increased from the May predicted range of 2-4). A prediction for 5-9 hurricanes remains unchanged from the initial May outlook. In light of this, Sampson County officials are urging everyone to be prepared.
Sampson County government has developed and practiced an Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) which directs the county responds to hurricanes, and other emergency situations. The EOP and a wealth of other resources are key components of the county’s preparedness and response plan, and ensure that assistance is provided in a systematic and effective manner. The county has many experienced individuals ready to provide professional emergency care. In emergencies such as hurricanes, every county employee has a disaster response assignment and can be marshalled to provide assistance if needed.
Though Sampson County has individuals who are professionally trained to provide necessary assistance in emergency situations, it is essential that citizens prepare themselves also. To help citizens prepare, Sampson County Emergency Management has shared helpful tips on preparing hurricane kits, storing food and water, and other disaster preparedness strategies. Click on any of the following links to find out more ways to ensure you, your love ones, and property are prepared for what Mother Nature sends your way: