Hurricane Safety Checklists

Great Information from the American Red Cross shared by KS Bank.
Hurricane Safety Checklists
Water
Store water in plastic containers such as soft drink bottles. Avoid using containers that will decompose or break, such as milk cartons or glass bottles. A normally active person needs to drink at least two quarts of water each day. Hot environments and intense physical activity can double that amount. Children, nursing mothers, and ill people will need more.
  • Store one gallon of water per person per day.
  • Keep at least a three-day supply of water per person (two quarts for drinking, two quarts for each person in your household for food preparation/sanitation).
Food
Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food. Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking, and little or no water. If you must heat food, pack a can of sterno. Select food items that are compact and lightweight. Include a selection of the following foods in your Disaster Supplies Kit:
  • Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, and vegetables
  • Canned juices
  • Staples (salt, sugar, pepper, spices, etc.)
  • High energy foods
  • Vitamins
  • Food for infants
  • Comfort/stress foods
First Aid and Non-Prescription Drugs
First Aid Kit
Assemble a first aid kit for your home and one for each car.
  • (20) adhesive bandages, various sizes
  • (1) sterile dressing, various sizes
  • (1) conforming roller gauze bandage
  • (2) triangular bandages
  • (1) roll cohesive bandage.
  • (2) germicidal hand wipes or waterless alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • (6) antiseptic wipes
  • (2) pair large medical grade non-latex gloves
  • Adhesive tape
  • Anti-bacterial ointment
  • Cold pack
  • Scissors (small, personal)
  • Tweezers
  • CPR breathing barrier, such as a face shield
Non-Prescription Drugs
Tools and Supplies
  • Mess kits, or paper cups, plates, and plastic utensils
  • Emergency preparedness manual
  • Battery-operated radio and extra batteries
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Cash or traveler’s checks, change
  • Non-electric can opener, utility knife
  • Fire extinguisher: small canister ABC type
  • Tube tent
  • Pliers
  • Tape
  • Compass
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Aluminum foil
  • Plastic storage containers
  • Signal flare
  • Paper, pencil
  • Needles, thread
  • Medicine dropper
  • Shut-off wrench, to turn off household gas and water
  • Whistle
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Map of the area (for locating shelters)
Sanitation, Clothing and Bedding
Sanitation
  • Toilet paper, towelettes
  • Soap, liquid detergent
  • Feminine supplies
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Plastic garbage bags, ties (for personal sanitation uses)
  • Plastic bucket with tight lid
  • Disinfectant
  • Household chlorine bleach
Clothing and Bedding
*Include at least one complete change of clothing and footwear per person.
  • Sturdy shoes or work boots
  • Rain gear
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Hat and gloves
  • Thermal underwear
  • Sunglasses
Special Items
Remember family members with special requirements, such as infants and elderly or disabled persons.
For Baby
  • Formula
  • Diapers
  • Bottles
  • Powdered milk
  • Medications
For Adults
  • Heart and high blood pressure medication
  • Insulin
  • Prescription drugs
  • Denture needs
  • Contact lenses and supplies
  • Extra eye glasses
Entertainment
  • Board games and other games that don’t require batteries or electricity, books for adult readers and for children.
For Pets
In the interest of protecting pets, the Humane Society of the United States offers these tips for inclusion in your family disaster plan:
  • Do not leave your pets behind.
  • Securely fasten a current identification tag to your pet’s collar and carry a photograph of your pet. It’s important to include the phone number of a friend or family member on the tag so anyone who may find your pet is able to reach someone who knows you.
  • Transport pets in secure pet carriers and keep pets on leashes or harnesses.
  • Call hotels in a safe/host location and ask if you can bring your pets. Ask the manager if a no-pet policy can be lifted during the disaster. Most emergency shelters do not admit pets.
  • Call friends, family members, veterinarians or boarding kennels in a safe/host location to arrange foster care if you and your pets cannot stay together.
  • Pack a week’s supply of food, water and other provisions, such as medication or cat litter.
  • Do not wait until the last minute to evacuate. Rescue officials may not allow you to take your pets if you need to be rescued.
  • Keep a list of emergency phone numbers (veterinarian, local animal control, animal shelters, Red Cross, etc.).
Possessions and Documents
  • Keep these records in a waterproof, portable container:
    • Will, insurance policies, contracts, deeds, stocks and bonds
    • Passports, social security cards, immunization records
    • Bank account numbers
    • Credit card account numbers and companies
  • Inventory of valuable household goods, important telephone numbers
  • Family records (birth, marriage, death certificates)
  • Store your kit in a convenient place known to all family members. Keep a smaller version of the supplies kit in the trunk of your car.
  • Keep items in airtight plastic bags. Change your stored water supply every six months so it stays fresh. Replace your stored food every six months. Re-think your kit and family needs at least once a year. Replace batteries, update clothes, etc.
  • Ask your physician or pharmacist about storing prescription medications.
Source/Reference: American Red Cross
Business Checklist
Hurricane preparedness does not end at home. An often over-looked segment of hurricane safety is the workplace. Whether or not you are an employee or an employer, it is essential to take proactive steps in preparing for unpredictable storms and other disasters.
By taking the initiative to start planning early, you can create a plan that will have you fully prepared in the event of a disaster. While securing plans for your home and loved ones, take some time to focus on the future of your business or work place. Forty percent of small businesses that close due to hurricane damage do not reopen. In order to prevent your business from being another statistic, it is critical to prepare now.
To help, a Business Survival Plan has been compiled to serve as a comprehensive guide to safeguard your business. This Survival Plan provides steps to improve employee safety and protect property as well as important company information. It serves as an important tool to enforce your business’ emergency plan in the event of any disaster. Keep this plan handy by printing it out and ensure you have covered all the relevant steps before the Hurricane Season begins.
Using these three key steps as guidelines will ensure you are prepared for any damages following any disaster. Furthermore, you should decide on a back-up location where your business could run smoothly if damages occur on the original site and discuss this with all employees. If your business is damaged remember to assess, document, and report them to your insurance company as soon as possible.

 Step 1: Protect property

  • Invest in and install shutters or plywood in order to protect windows and doors from wind borne-debris.
  • Have the roof of your building evaluated to ensure it can withstand a storm.
  • Remove any branches or trees adjacent to your building that could potentially fall and damage it.
  • Sandbag any area that is subject to flooding.
  • Anchor and brace any large furniture (bookcases, shelves, filing cabinets) to wall studs.
  • Relocate any valuable or fragile possessions.
  • Secure all utilities including water heaters, gas tanks, and heaters and if necessary, raise them to higher locations to avoid water damages.
  • Secure electronics such as computers and other office equipment with straps or Velcro.
  • Turn off all the utilities prior to a hurricane making landfall if possible.
  • Designate important contacts to save that are crucial to business operations, such as employees, banks, lawyers, accountants, suppliers, etc.
  • Back-up documents that are not easily produced such as insurance documents, legal contracts, tax returns, and accounting statements to avoid water damage.
  • Seal these documents in waterproof containers onsite.
  • Save all your designated contacts and documents in an alternate, accessible off-site location.

Step 2: Protect important documents and information Step 3: Keep A Preparedness Checklist

The below items should be gathered in one location at your place of business should a storm hit while you are on premises. This will help protect the safety of your employees should disaster strike during regular working hours and without ample notice.
  • Battery operated radio or television
  • Non-perishable three day food supply for you and your employees
  • Three day supply of water for you and your employees (One gallon of water per person, per day)
  • Coolers and containers for water and washing
  • Blankets, pillows, cots, and chairs
  • First Aid Kit and first aid manual
  • Flashlights, batteries, light-sticks
  • Tool kit (basic tools, gloves, etc.)
  • Camera and film for documenting damages
  • Whistle/signal flare to signal for help
  • Tarps, plastic bags, duct tape
  • Cleaning supplies, including mops, towels and garbage cans
  • Smoke alarms and fire extinguishers
  • Electric generator
  • Gas for vehicles, generators and other equipment
  • Cash, ATM cards, credit cards proper identification
  • Emergency contact information such as the nearest hospital and police, along with:
    • Life safety issues: 9-1-1
    • Small Business Administration (SBA): 1-800-359-2227
    • FEMA Tele-registration hot-line: 1-800-462-9029
    • Insurance company and agent’s contact information
For more information about your business’ survival guide, download FEMA’s Business Toolkitor FEMA’s “Every Business Should Have a Plan” booklet for tips and further examples of steps you can take to prepare your business.

Acorn Festival 2018

The Four Oaks Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with United Community Bank, hosted the 29th Annual Acorn Festival on September 8th.  The goal of this year’s festival was to offer more opportunities for local families and local businesses than ever before.  An additional vendor space was created in partnership with Johnston Health to offer the very first Acorn Festival Business Expo.  This addition doubled the amount of vendor opportunities for local businesses.  Other areas of the festival also experienced tremendous growth including offering carnival games and additional inflatables in the Huebner Family McDonald’s Kid Zone and a larger Car and Tractor showing than in year’s past in the OPW Retail Fueling Antique Car and Tractor Cruise In.  The festival also hosted a successful artisan market in the Barbour’s Grove Park along with live music throughout the day.

Amber England, Four Oaks Chamber Director, was pleased by the larger crowds than in year’s past.  “We worked to grow our festival this year so that we could bring larger crowds to the Four Oaks area.  This event is an important time for our local businesses to connect with the surrounding community.  Four Oaks businesses have so much to offer the community and this was a great time for local families to learn more about them.

In addition to the support of United Community Bank, the Acorn Festival is also made possible through the support of The Town of Four Oaks, the Johnston County Visitors Bureau, Country Superstars 102.3, Huebner Family McDonald’s, OPW Retail Fueling, and Johnston Health.

Hwy 55 Recognized as September Business of the Month

The Four Oaks Chamber of Commerce is celebrating Hwy 55 as September’s Business of the Month. Hwy 55 was nominated for Business of the Month in recognition of their contributions to the Four Oaks community.  Hwy 55 opened in Four Oaks in the summer of 2017 and have recently celebrated their one-year anniversary.  The restaurant prides itself on the many ways it recognizes the local community through their Discount Days.  Each Monday local heroes are given 15% off their meal.  This discount applies to Teachers, Public Safety Officers, and Emergency Personnel.  Every Tuesday is Kid’s Night where children 12 and under receive 50% off their meal and a free custard from 5-9pm.  On Sunday’s people can enjoy 10% off their meal all day by bringing in their church bulletin.  The restaurant also offers fundraising opportunities to local charitable organizations.

“We enjoy an ongoing relationship with the Four Oaks American Legion Post to support their pancake breakfast fundraising efforts.  This is an opportunity we are able to extend to other local organizations looking for a unique fundraising opportunity here in the Four Oaks community”, shares Kenneth Williams, Operator.

The Four Oaks Chamber of Commerce is honored to recognize the lasting contributions made to the Four Oaks community by Hwy 55.  The Four Oaks Chamber of Commerce will recognize one member business each month.  Nominations can be made at the Four Oaks Chamber of Commerce website, www.fouroakschamber.com.

Welcome new member- Wilson Waste LLC

Welcome New Member- Wilson Waste LLC

Wilson Waste LLC provides weekly trash pickup for Residential or Commercial.  They provide 96 gallon trash carts  as many as needed for the application.  To schedule service please contact Russell Wilson, Owner at 919-894-5002 or via email at [email protected]

We look forward to working together to support the Four Oaks community, local businesses and organizations!

Welcome new member, Haven of Rest Counseling PLLC

Please welcome new member, Haven of Rest Counseling , PLLC.

Haven of Rest Counseling,PLLC offers individual, couples, group and family counseling for a variety of concerns to include but not limited to: marriage concerns, parenting, anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, PTSD, mood disorders and pre- marital counseling.  They also offer group educational and support.  Please contact Anecia Brooks Lee at 919.631.2483 or email at [email protected] for more information.

We look forward to working together to support the Four Oaks community, local businesses and organizations!

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome new member, Andy’s Tents & Events/A Special Event

Welcome to the Chamber of Commerce!

Andy’s Tents & Events/A Special Event is a  full service party & event equipment rental company.  They rent tents, tables, chairs, linens, staging, dance floors, china, glassware, flatware and 100’s of items more.  Contact Andy Karas at 919.557.9696 or [email protected] for your next event.

We look forward to working together to support the Four Oaks community, local businesses and organizations!

Business Community Comes Together to Support Local Food Bank

Four Oaks Senior Living and First Baptist Church of Four Oaks hosted a food drive to fight summer hunger July 23 through August 23. Together the Four Oaks organizations hoped to bring awareness of, and much needed donations to, the Food Pantry at First Baptist Church of Four Oaks.  The Four Oaks Chamber of Commerce was happy to act as a donation drop off location.  Several local businesses took part in the community project including House-Autry Mills, United Community Bank, Lee’s Signs, Tired Iron Classics and Honeycutt and Grady, CPA.  Four Oaks Senior Living was able to collect over 500 pounds of food to contribute to the First Baptist Church of Four Oaks food bank.

Stanfield’s General Store – Business of the Month

The Four Oaks Chamber of Commerce is celebrating Stanfield’s General Store as August Business of the Month. Stanfield’s General Store was nominated for Business of the Month in recognition of recent business growth.  Stanfield’s General Store has recently opened an adjoining addition which features antiques and collectables.  They have also begun opening up the store the Third Thursday of each month for an evening of live music, wine tastings, and food sampling.  Stanfield’s General Store will feature its next Third Thursday event on August 16th from 6-8pm featuring The Classics, playing classic country and popular hits.  This event will also offer food sampling from many of the store’s local favorites.

Welcome New Member, Illumination Sound and Lighting!

Welcome New Member, Illumination Sound and Lighting!

Please welcome new Chamber member, Illumination Sound and Lighting!

Illumination Sound and Lighting is a professional sound and lighting company based in Johnston County.  Illumination Sound and Lighting provides a full range of sound and lighting for many events such as concerts, sporting events, parties and dances. The staff of Illumination Sound and Lighting are active members of their local churches and serve within various ministries.  They are also all musicians, giving them a deep understanding of what is needed to make a successful show for your entertainment guests.   The team is proud to offer professional sound, professional lighting, and reasonable rates.  To learn more about their services you can contact Illumination Sound and Lighting Owner, Bruce Barrett, at (919) 631-9659 or by email at [email protected]

Illumination Sound and Lighting has provided excellent sound and lighting at many of our local area festivals including the Acorn Festival.  We are thrilled to have them again at the 2018 Acorn Festival!

Welcome to the Chamber of Commerce! We look forward to working together to support the Four Oaks community and our local businesses and organizations!