Gov. Perdue wants you to be ready

Hurricane

May 25, 2010 9:00:00 PM PDT
Less than a week away from the start of hurricane season, Governor Perdue is warning families to be prepared.

Forecasters are predicting up to 18 named storms this season, which is above normal hurricane activity.

Officials are giving an early warning because they don't want anyone caught by surprise.

Last year Perdue and members of emergency administrators reviewed ways to feed and house displaced people and remove debris from roadways.

The Governor recalled not being prepared.

"I was cut off from my home in New Bern during the flooding of [Hurricane] Fran," Perdue said. "I didn't have a prepared evacuation route. I was in Fayetteville and couldn't get home to New Bern."

And if there is a strong hurricane, North Carolina leaders say we may need military assistance and help from other states.

"We do know that North Carolina has nearly 5,000 of our guardsmen and women deployed right now somewhere in a global war effort and because of that the resources could be stretched thin," Perdue said.

Part of preparedness means packing an emergency kit that includes a weather radio, food, water and batteries.

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