Hurricane Planning Be Prepared Hurricanes happen. One hits the North Carolina coast, on average, every four years. They cause flooding, power outages and line breaks in any part of our state. The mountain region was affected in 2004 by both hurricane Frances and Ivan. Many people were without water and power for weeks at a time. You must be prepared for any level of response when a hurricane is headed your way. Current Information The most current national information about hurricanes is maintained by the National Hurricane Center. Information and links important to North Carolina are available from the Division of Coastal Management. You can have weather advisories forwarded to your cell phone from this site. You can also get links to access the page from your web-enabled phone to get the whole story while you are on-the-go. North Carolina State Climate Office Hurricane Page Guidance from NOAA: Hurricanes and Oil Slicks Hurricane Planning Ready.gov - Hurricane Information Federal Emergency Management Agency Disaster Assistance - Hurricane Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Hurricane Information Emergency Planning Guidance Hurricanes are capable of engaging many organizations in one emergency response. The National Incident Management System and the Incident Command System are going to be required to effectively work with the incident response personnel from other organizations. Holding tabletop exercises as part of your preparedness planning is required to meet those organizations and check your plan. Joining N.C. WaterWARN would be one step that could give you a real advantage in re-starting your system after a hurricane.