City partners with New Hanover County for hurricane preparedness exercise

As the heart of the Atlantic Hurricane Season nears, the City of Wilmington and its partners with the New Hanover County government held a hurricane exercise on Tuesday, Aug. 8 to prepare for any future storms that may affect our community.

“The exercise allows us to assess our capabilities and make critical adjustments to better prepare the city’s response to hurricanes,” said Craig Harris, Emergency Management & Resiliency Coordinator for the City of Wilmington. 

The exercise was held concurrently at the New Hanover County Emergency Operations Center inside the county’s new government complex and at the city’s Public Services Department Emergency Operations Center, and involved over 90 city and county employees. When an emergency occurs, the city works in partnership with the county to have a jointly coordinated response.

The training exercise held at the city’s Emergency Operations Center.

The Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30, and generally peaks around the beginning of September. So, the time to prepare is right now.

Make sure to do these three things to prepare for the next storm:

  • Put together an emergency kit that includes extra batteries, flashlights, a first aid kit, bottled water, and prescription medications. Your kit should include enough supplies to last for at least three days.
  • Secure important documents such as birth certificates, social security cards, and tax records.
  • Strengthen your home by covering windows, reinforcing doors, and bringing all outdoor furniture inside before a storm hits.

It’s incredibly important to prepare now so you’re ready when the next storm happens.

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