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Posted on: September 11, 2018

[ARCHIVED] FEMA Press Release: Take action now for possible power outages, flooding from Hurricane Florence


Take Action Now for Possible Power Outages, Flooding from Hurricane Florence

Date: September 10, 2018 R3-18-027

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PHILADELPHIA – As Hurricane Florence continues to strengthen and make its way towards the East 

Coast, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is encouraging everyone to prepare for 

potential impacts from the storm. As the Mid-Atlantic continues to manage rain events related to 

the remnants of Gordon, everyone should prepare for potential power outages, road closures, damages 

from the storm, flooding, and other hazards.

As of 11:00 AM EST September 10, 2018, Hurricane Florence is a Category 4 hurricane in the Atlantic 

Ocean. Further strengthening is anticipated, and Florence is expected to be an extremely dangerous 

major hurricane through Thursday, with potential impacts to the East Coast by Thursday night. “The 

Mid-Atlantic is already saturated from previous rain events – this storm has the potential to cause 

devastating flooding throughout the region,” stated MaryAnn Tierney, FEMA Region III Regional 

Administrator. “Be prepared to evacuate if asked to do so by local officials and be ready for 

extended power outages by having several days’ of supplies on hand. Do not wait to prepare.”

Below are some safety tips for power outages and flooding. Take time to prepare yourselves, your 

families, and others for this storm and stay tuned for the latest information from your local 


Power Outage Preparation

•   Take an inventory of the items you need that rely on electricity, including personal medical 


o Talk to your medical provider about a power outage plan for medical devices powered by 

electricity and refrigerated medicines. Find out how long medication can be stored at higher 

temperatures and get specific guidance for any medications that are critical for


•   Plan for batteries and other alternatives to meet your needs when the power goes out.

•   Sign up for local alerts and warning systems, including Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA).

•   Monitor weather reports for the latest on the storm’s forecast.

•   Install carbon monoxide detectors with battery backup in central locations on every level of 

your home.

•   Only use generators outdoors and away from windows.

•   Check on your neighbors – make sure they are safe and prepared.

Check on your neighbors – make sure they are safe and prepared.

•    Determine whether your home phone will work in a power outage and how long battery backup will 


•    Review the supplies that are available in case of a power outage. Have flashlights with extra 

batteries for every household member. Have enough nonperishable food and water.

•    Use a thermometer in the refrigerator and freezer so that you can know the temperature when 

the power is restored. Throw out food if the temperature is 40 degrees or higher.

•    Keep mobile phones and other electric equipment charged and gas tanks full.


•     Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters. Turn Around, Don’t Drown!

o Just six inches of moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your 

vehicle away.

•     Stay off of bridges over fast-moving water.

o Determine how best to protect yourself based on the type of flooding. Evacuate if told to do so, 

move to higher ground or a higher floor, or stay where you are.

o Never drive around barricades. Local responders use them to safely direct traffic out of flooded 


•     Listen to Emergency Alert System (EAS), NOAA Weather Radio, or local alerting systems for 

current emergency information and instructions.

•     Depending on where you are, and the impact and the warning time of flooding, go to the safe 

location that you previously identified.

Learn more about how you can prepare by visiting and en Español at

FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters. FEMA Region III’s 

jurisdiction includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and 

West Virginia. Learn more about FEMA Region III at Stay informed of FEMA’s 

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