As Tropical Storm Elsa approaches the Crystal Coast, everyone needs to prepare in order to stay safe, healthy and dry in this dangerous weather. While North Carolinians (especially residents of Carteret County) are no strangers to storms, we still must do all we can to protect ourselves and help those around us in times of need.
This is precisely the reason why we are publishing “The Carteret Curated Guide to Storm Prep!” From safety tips to places to buy gear, this guide will help you and your loved ones prepare for the inclement weather to come.
Storm Safety Tips
- Closely Monitor the Weather
Make sure you are watching local news or checking in with your favorite weather app. You can also download the FEMA app to receive updates in real time.
- Know Your Zone
Do you know how at risk your home is for storm flooding? If not, be sure to research by going to www.ready.gov/hurricanes.
- Make an Emergency Plan
Relay this plan to everyone in your household, and make a list of locations you frequent such as your office and your child’s daycare or school.
- Gather and Review Important Documents
Protect important documents like insurance cards, passports, drivers licenses and other personal documents by sealing them in a waterproof bag or saving them in a digital format.
- Charge Your Electronics
In case of a power outage, be sure to fully charge electronic devices such as cell phones, computers, tablets or medical devices.
- Check In On Your Neighbors
Do you have elderly neighbors? Be sure to keep in contact with older relatives or older people in your neighborhood in the event that they need help during the storm.
Buying Storm Gear Locally
Check out this list of Carteret County businesses where you can purchase items you may need while prepping for a storm. Click on the shops below to visit their websites.
- Where to Get Food:
The Friendly Market – We love the non-perishable salsa and Mamasita’s chips (The pickles are also a must-try!).
Turner Street Market – This market in Beaufort is a great place to gather up food and snacks.
Briggs General Store and Bar – From Pickled Okra to Cheese Straws, this spot in Emerald Isle has plenty of storm-friendly grub.
- Where to Get Weatherproof Clothing:
Each of these local stores can provide you with different types of storm-ready outdoor gear such as rain boots, rain jackets, umbrellas, weatherproof hats and more!
- Where to Get Storm Supplies:
Gather up supplies to protect your home, family and pets from the storm at these Carteret County businesses!
Sea Paws – Don’t forget about your furry friends! Stock up on food (and water!) for your pets at Sea Paws in preparation for the bad weather.
We hope this guide will give you ideas on how to best prepare for hurricane season, how to protect yourself and how to protect the people around you. Stay safe, y’all!