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September is National Preparedness Month

There’s no such thing as a calm season when it comes to natural disasters.

Late summer and fall are peak hurricane seasons in North Carolina, while tornadoes often strike in spring and late fall. Snow and ice storms can wreak havoc from December through March, especially at higher elevations. Severe thunderstorms and floods can – and have – occurred year-round.  

Unfortunately, it’s not just severe weather that can cause problems. A public disturbance, chemical spill or explosion could happen at any time, causing an emergency in Haywood County. 

Do you know what to do? Do you have a plan in place? Do you know who to call or where to go? 

Haywood County Health and Human Services (HHSA) and Haywood County Emergency Services want residents to know that the best way to protect your family is to be aware and prepared. Together, let’s observe September as National Preparedness Month and become better prepared for any type of emergency. Taking four easy steps can help protect your family when an emergency strikes: 1) make a plan, 2) discuss and practice your plan with your family, 3) build an emergency supplies kit, and 4) stay informed.  

Find more information on emergency preparedness at or 

Haywood County emergency officials urge residents to visit the ReadyHaywood website.  The NC Public Health Preparedness and Response Branch also has resources and information that North Carolinians can use to prepare for an emergency, and can be found at

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