Emergency Preparedness

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Make a Plan Assemble a Kit Stay Informed During Disasters

Disaster can strike at any moment, and without notice. Disaster preparedness can save lives, reduce injuries, and save property. Make sure you are prepared before disaster strikes. The time to prepare is now and this guide can help you get there! 

The Ready Raleigh Emergency Preparedness Guide is a tool to help you: 

  • Be connected to relevant news, information and services for emergency situations
  • Be prepared with an emergency kit and emergency action plan and
  • Be informed about what may happen during an emergency and what actions to take to keep yourself, your family, and your neighborhood safe 

Make a Plan

Learn what to do before, during, and after a disaster. Based upon where you live, you may need to make important decisions in advance about how you and your family will handle an emergency situation. Develop an emergency plan based upon your family's needs. You and your family members may not be in the same place when an emergency happens. Discuss how will you get to a safe place, get in touch with each other, and get back to each other.

Download the Family Emergency Plan

Assemble a Kit

An emergency kit is a container of items your family may need during or after an emergency. These items should be kept in an easy-to-carry kit that you can use at home or take with you in case you must evacuate. Put enough water, food, and supplies in your kit for at least three days for each person and pet. You may be on your own for hours or even days after a disaster. Whether disaster strikes by way of a hurricane, winter storm, flood, or tornado, being prepared means having the right supplies on hand to help you and your family to survive.

ReadyNC Emergency Kit Tips
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Stay Informed During Disasters

Know the hazards where you live that may threaten your community. Have a way to monitor severe weather and receive emergency alerts for your location at all times via television, radio, social media, and alerts on cellular phones.

Do you know your flood risk?  Learn the elevation level of your property and whether the land is flood-prone. Learn community hurricane evacuation routes and how to find higher ground.  Learn locations of official shelters.  Determine where you would go and how you would get there if you needed to evacuate.

The City of Raleigh will provide emergency information on our website. In addition, information will be sent to local media outlets to help keep our community informed.




Lead Department:
Emergency Management and Special Events
Service Categories:
Emergency Management