Are your ready to mitigate the current disaster and prepare for whatever comes next?

by Terry Schmidt

Pittsboro, NC – Statistics prove disasters come in threes.

Not really, but just because we are in the midst of one disaster (or two, depending on how you count) does not mean that another disaster is not possible, and could even be likely. The probability of another disaster does not depend on whether or not there is a current disaster. Just because we are experiencing a plague from coronavirus does not mean other natural disasters are less likely.

And, there may be a relationship between natural disasters and man-made disasters. Power plants may be more likely to have problems when workers are out sick. Transportation might be disrupted when drivers cannot report for work. Bad actors could take advantage of natural disasters to create additional problems.

During the coronavirus lockdowns, have you been noticing your ‘burn rate’ of household items and food? How long does a tube of toothpaste last you? A box of breakfast food? A can of coffee? A gallon of milk? Are you ready for a total stay-at-home condition for several weeks, with no open grocery stores, because of widespread hurricane damages? Have you practiced your out of state communication plans? Do you know where your flashlights are, and are the batteries charged? Do you journal and keep track of your thoughts about household preparedness?

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We should mitigate the current disaster and prepare for whatever comes next. North Carolina’s Hurricane Preparedness Week is May 3 – 9, 2020. The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1 and ends November 30, with the most active months being August, September and October. The national hurricane center is predicting a slight increase in named storms this year over 2019, and last year was a higher than average year for storms.

Want more information? Want to help your community in disasters? The next Chatham County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) meeting will be held May 27, 2020 at 6pm. The meeting will be in person, on line, or some combination of the two. Planned topics are hurricane preparation and lessons learned from coronavirus. More details to follow, but please plan on joining us either live or virtually. CERT meetings are open to any Chatham County resident and are free of charge.

Join over 200 of your fellow Chatham residents on the CERT mailing list by sending an email to  for more information and updates..