Emergency Preparedness

Last updated Jan. 03, 2018 - 11:59 am

Before a storm or natural disaster, you should protect yourself and your family by planning ahead. Disaster preparedness is a team effort between the public and private sectors to save lives, reduce injuries and save property.

Learn what to do before, during and after a major storm. Based upon where you live, you may need to make important decisions in advance about how your family will handle this emergency situation. Develop an emergency plan based upon your family's needs. Establish and maintain an emergency kit.

If a storm is approaching, the City of Raleigh will provide information on our website. In addition, information will be sent to area media outlets to help keep people informed.

Winter Storms

Winter weather preparedness

A winter storm is an event in which varieties of precipitation are formed that only occur at low temperatures, such as snow or sleet, or a rainstorm where ground temperatures are low enough to allow ice to form (i.e. freezing rain).

Raleigh can get a decent amount of snow and/or ice from time to time during the winter months.

Here's how you can prepare to ensure you and your family stay safe and warm


Hurricanes preparedness

A hurricane is a form of tropical cyclone or severe tropical storm that occur in eastern Pacific Ocean, Caribbean Sea, southern Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. All coastal areas around Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic are prone to hurricanes. Though further inland, Raleigh too can be effected by the strong forces of a hurricane.

Fortunately, we get some warning and have time to prepare.

Here's how you can prepare if we are under a hurricane watch...

Floods - "Turn Around, Don't Drown"

Flooding preparedness

Flooding happens during heavy rains, when rivers overflow, when ocean waves come onshore, when snow melts too fast, or when dams or levees break. This is the most common natural-weather event. Flooding may be only a few inches of water or it may cover a house to the rooftop. Floods that happen very quickly are called flash floods.

If you are driving and the road has water flowing over it, you need to remember the National Weather Service’s warning: “Turn Around – Don’t Drown.”

Read more safety tips and information about floods...


Tornadoes preparedness

A tornado is as a rotating, funnel-shaped cloud that extends from a thunderstorm to the ground with whirling winds that can reach 300 mph. Damage paths of tornadoes can be in excess of one mile wide and 50 miles long. Tornadoes can accompany tropical storms and hurricanes once on land.

They can spawn fast!

Know the safety tips that can help save your life!

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