September is National Preparedness Month

A situation that can pose a threat to the safety of you and your family may not give you adequate time to prepare. Make your plan now, and constantly revisit it to keep it fresh.

Three quick things to remember:

  1. who to call
  2. where to go
  3. what to pack

Customize Your Emergency Alerts

In order to put your plan in motion as quickly as possible, you have to receive timely emergency warnings. Sign up to receive OC Alerts, Orange County’s emergency alert system, which is customizable from the types of messages you receive to the devices on which you receive them.

Resources has resources available to help you prepare, from the mindset of preparedness to being ready to take action. North Carolina also has a portal with helpful preparedness tips at

This year’s National Preparedness Month theme is “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.”

Week 1:  September 1-9  Make a Plan for Yourself, Family and Friends

Week 2:  September 10-16 Plan to Help Your Neighbor and Community Week 3:  September 17-23 Practice and Build Out Your Plans Week 4:  September 24-30  Get Involved! Be a part of Something Larger

Ready was launched by the Department of Homeland Security in February 2003 and is a national public service campaign designed to educate and empower the American people to prepare for, respond to and mitigate emergencies, including natural and man-made disasters.

Careful As You Travel

Be mindful of what the road conditions are and avoid travel unless necessary- falling trees and power lines could be hazardous along with flooded roads.  If travel becomes necessary, listen to news of transit systems, road conditions and be sure to have bright clothing and flashing lights on if walking or cycling.

Stay Connected

The Town of Chapel Hill provides information about services during emergencies on its website, Follow the Town’s social media accounts for updates: Twitter – @ChapelHillGov@ChapelHillEM@ChapelHillFD, and; and Instagram – ChapelHillGov. We’re Keeping an Eye on Hurricane Irma

The National Weather Service continues to monitor the tropical system in the Atlantic Ocean towards Haiti and the Dominican Republic. It is still too early to tell the specifics of the effect Hurricane Irma will have on the mainland United States.

The Town of Chapel Hill will continue to monitor the forecasts and will share details if the storm poses a threat.