Hurricane Preparedness

Hurricane Preparedness

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 - November 30. While devastating hurricanes can occur anytime during those months, peak hurricane season is mid-August to late October. Threats from tropical weather systems like tropical storms and hurricanes can include storm surge, heavy rain, flash flooding, damaging winds, tornadoes and rip currents.

It is important to remember the forecast cone is NOT an impact cone. Impacts from tropical systems can and will be felt far from the storm’s center. The center of the storm does not need to make landfall in North Carolina for the state to feel severe impacts.  If you are new to the area or are a seasoned veteran of Harnett County, knowing the difference between watches and warnings can help you and your family stay safe as a storm threatens your area. Preparedness activities become difficult once winds reach tropical storm force.

WATCHES mean that severe conditions haven’t occurred yet, but could in the near future.

WARNINGS mean that the severe conditions now exist and dangerous weather is imminent. 




Before, during and after a hurricane, you should have safety as your top priority.  Below are some staying safe at home tips and also some recommendations of what to include in your emergency supply kit for your family for disasters including hurricanes and tropical storms. 






For more information regarding Hurricane Preparedness and Safety, download and view the 2023 North Carolina Hurricane Guide from North Carolina Emergency Management