Hurricane Season 2020 – Know Your Zone!

— Written By Paul Westfall
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Today is the first day of the hurricane season for 2020, and it will run through November 30. Impacts from hurricanes can be felt anywhere in North Carolina. To prepare, make a plan, build a kit and plan for your pets. Here is some information from NC Emergency Management about a new initiative called “Know Your Zone”.

NC Emergency Management has implemented a new initiative this year, “Know Your Zone”, a tiered evacuation system that highlights areas most vulnerable to impacts from hurricanes, tropical storms, and other hazards. The Know Your Zone lookup tool is a new color-coded interactive map you can use to determine the evacuation zone where you live, work, or are visiting based upon your street address. When a storm is approaching, local officials will determine the zones that are most threatened to assess which residents should evacuate. Areas in Zone A will typically be evacuated first, followed by areas in Zone B, etc. While all zones won’t be evacuated in every event, emergency managers will work with local media and use other outreach tools to notify residents and visitors of impacted zones and evacuation instructions.

If you live in or visit North Carolina’s coastal areas, Know Your Zone so you know when to evacuate for hurricanes or flooding. To find your zone, go to Then listen to instructions from local officials during severe weather.

Hopefully this hurricane season will not be as severe are 2018, but North Carolina residents need to be prepared. Have an emergency plan and kit ready, and make sure the plan and kit includes pets. For more information on emergency planning, contact the Granville County Center of N.C. Cooperative Extension at (919) 603-1350 or via email to, or Granville County Emergency Management at (919) 603-1310.

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