Raleigh May 24, 2019 DURHAM, N.C. – Hurricane season begins June 1. Taking steps now to prepare your family, home and business can make a big difference: • Create an emergency communication plan with your family. This plan spells out how everyone will contact each other, where to go and how to get back together. • Build an emergency kit. Keep it ready at home, at work and in the car. • Check your insurance coverage. Damage caused by flooding is usually not covered by homeowners insurance policies. Buy flood insurance. To learn more about protecting your home, visit www.floodsmart.gov. • Know your community’s evacuation plan, evacuation routes and how to receive alerts. • Stay informed about current conditions. Listen to local officials and evacuation orders. • Download an emergency weather app on your phone. Have backup power for your phone. Purchase a weather radio. • Keep all important documents in a waterproof container to take with you if you evacuate. • Ready.gov/hurricane and ReadyNC.org provide helpful information on how to plan. Unfinished storm repairs could make your home vulnerable to future storm damage. For more information on North Carolina’s recovery from Hurricane Florence, visit ncdps.gov/Florence and FEMA.gov/Disaster/4393. Follow us on Twitter: @NCEmergency and @FEMARegion4. ### FEMA’s mission: Helping people before, during and after disasters.