Hurricane Preparedness - Florence

With incoming Hurricane Florence please be prepared and help our vulnerable neighbors. See below for tips about how to be prepared for a hurricane. Here is a list of shelters that generally open their doors to homeless individuals during extreme weather conditions.

1. Urban Ministries of Durham – 410 Liberty St.

2. Durham Rescue Mission – 507 E. Knox St,

3. St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church – 1902 W. Main St.

4. Durham Armory – 220 Foster St

5. Double up with family or friends

Hurricane Preparation Tips Prepared by Laura Drey, Durham Resident

Phone app and web site from NC Dept. of Public Safety has info on – plan and prepare (including planning, protect your home, vital records, evacuating), stay informed (including travel conditions), recover and rebuild and more.

Hurricane and tornado storm tips that also apply during other seasons.

Expect to loose electricity because of fallen trees and car accidents that involve electric poles among other reasons.


1. Check canned foods expiration dates (if date is close or you would rather replenish all or part of your stock could give older food to food pantry or homeless shelter;) and

2. Use almond, rice and/or soymilk since these types of milk dos not need to be refrigerated (can get 3 or 6 packs so smaller quantity of milk) that can use with cereal and other cooking needs.


1. Have a head lamp with a small, powerful light on the forehead (like kind of lamp used during camping.) Such a light is helpful for reading and other uses and

2. Keep flashlights, lanterns, headlights and batteries near to where most likely to use it/them so it is/are easily accessible.


1. Have at least one land line phone that does not need electricity to function and

2. Keep your cell phone(s) charged.

Long-term electricity loss

1. Clean you self, dishes and clothes prior to when snow and/or ice is predicted in case of loss of electricity;

2. Fill medications and have a list of medications with dosage(s) with time period for taking the medicine(s) (i.e. before, during or after meal;)

3. Have a kerosene heater but beware of the heater’s position so as to minimize the chance of starting a fire.

4. Get a generator.

5. Know of nearby homes whose furnaces and/or stoves are gas but do not have electric lighter(s); and

6. Line up few location(s) with bed(s) or where can bring sleeping bag(s) for a temporary stay.


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