U.S. Senator Kay Hagan is urging North Carolinians, especially those living in coastal communities, to prepare for the upcoming hurricane season. National Hurricane Preparedness Week began Sunday, May 26 and continues through Saturday, June 1 to coincide with the beginning of hurricane season.
“As hurricane season officially begins this week, I urge all North Carolinians to prepare for storms that could affect our state by creating an emergency supply kit, learning evacuation routes and having a plan to communicate with loved ones during and after an emergency,” Hagan said. “While North Carolina was spared the worst of Hurricane Sandy last year, the storm caused significant damage in some coastal communities. I’m proud to have worked with my colleagues to secure funds for afflicted areas that will allow our parks, refuges and beaches to rebuild and support our coastal economy. As hurricane season begins, we must prepare for the worst to keep our families, friends and loved ones safe.”
Hagan announced earlier this month that North Carolina will receive $12.3 million in federal funding to repair and rebuild parks, refuges and waterways damaged by Hurricane Sandy. North Carolina also received $17.6 million in April to repair inlets and waterways. The state will benefit further from $9.7 million awarded through the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) for mitigation needs related to Hurricane Sandy.