The important point to remember here is that whenever anyone's safety, health or home appears to be in immediate danger, you should immediately call 911. If you should ever have trouble getting through on 911 because of phone problems, try calling 919-542-2811.
In the rare event of an emergency in Fearrington Village or the surrounding community we strongly advise residents to take the responsibility of being prepared so that they and their families can handle such emergencies in the best way possible. Use this guide to help you be prepared.
Consult this excellent safety guide on how long refrigerated and frozen food should be safe to consume after a protracted power outage: FDA GUIDE OF WHEN TO SAVE FOOD AND WHEN TO THROW IT OUT.
- Chatham County: 297 West Street, Pittsboro, NC, 919-542-2811, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday OR http://www.chathamnc.org/ choose: "Resident Information," then choose "Emergency Contact Guide."
- North Carolina Department of Public Safety - ReadyNC: http://readync.org/EN/index.html: Plan. Prepare. Stay Informed. On that site, you can download their free mobile app, which supplies up-to-date information during declared major emergencies.
- FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) North Carolina Disaster Declarations, preparations and assistance before, during, and after a declared disaster: https://www.fema.gov/states/north-carolina.
For related information, see the FHA "FORMS" and Health, Safety, & Security web pages menu tabs on the FHA web site home page. Here are some guidelines and a list of things to do and items to have on hand for emergencies:
- Create an emergency plan.
- Keep emergency supplies on hand and in a place that can be easily found.
- Keep informed.
Create an Emergency Plan
- Evaluate your personal needs and make an emergency plan so you can be better prepared for any situation.
- If family members are not together, determine a communication point and phone number contact where all can gather or call. It is also good to have an out-of-state contact phone number.
- Be sure all family members know where emergency supplies, papers, food and water are kept.
- Get an emergency supply kit.
- Plan in advance for shelter alternatives. Consider loved ones or friends outside of your immediate area who would be willing to host you and your pets in an emergency. If you must evacuate, take your pets with you, if possible. However, if you are going to a public shelter, it is important to understand that animals may not be allowed inside. Only service animals may be allowed, e.g., a seeing-eye dog.
- Be alert to the Chatham County "Code Red" phone call notification system and be sure your phone number is registered. To verify registration, call or access the site at: www.chathamnc.org/codered. Also, download the CODERed Mobile Alert app for your smartphone. In an emergency, the county will send an automatic telephone message to all residents who have their phone numbers registered. It is desirable to include both your land line and cell numbers.
- Be sure your “FHA Voluntary Emergency Contact Information Registration Form” located in your welcome packet (and also available at the FHA Office) is on file with the FHA.
- We strongly encourage you to provide this information on-line using this secure encrypted form, https://form.jotform.com/FHAHSS/voluntary-emergency-info-form, which will allow residents to easily update their own information anytime, especially on an annual cycle. This will help keep the information up-to-date.
- If you filed a paper version, check and also update your information by calling or stopping in at the FHA Hospitality and Service Center in the rear of the Gathering Place (open Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., except holidays). Phone number: 919-542-1603.
Supplies To Have On Hand
(Be sure these can be easily found.)
- Regional smartphone weather alert apps for Apple or Android operating systems (offered free by WRAL-TV, WNCN-TV, ABC11 WTVD, The Weather Channel, etc.
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries.
- Flashlights, matches (kept dry), extra batteries, and extra flashlight bulbs. Better yet use flashlights that require no batteries. Candles can be dangerous.
- Fire Extinguisher - Class A-B-C.
- Water: one gallon of water per person per day for three days for drinking and sanitation. Have reserve water on hand.
- Prescriptions, over the counter medications, eye glasses (extra pair), and contact lenses.
- Food (3-day supply of non perishable food is recommended plus a reserve); manual can opener.
- Paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels.
- First Aid Kit - See contents in section below.
- Telephone - Hard wired and cell phone.
- Whistle to signal for help.
- Blankets or sleeping bags and pillows.
- Moist towelettes.
- Portable generator if you require electricity for medical equipment.
- Pet food, water for your pet and pet supplies.
- Garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation.
- Phone numbers and email addresses of key relatives and friends; pencil and paper.
- FHA Handbook and Directory (for phone numbers).
- Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification, and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container.
- Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air.
- Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place.
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities, however your utility company will have to turn back on.
- Water containers and buckets.
- Cash or traveler's checks and change.
- Local maps.
- Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants, and sturdy shoes. Consider additional clothing if you expect to be in cold weather.
- Keep your automobile gas tank as full as possible.
First Aid Kit
- Two pairs of latex, or other sterile gloves (if you are allergic to latex).
- Sterile dressings to stop bleeding.
- Cleansing agent/soap and antibiotic towelettes to disinfect.
- Antibiotic ointment to prevent infection.
- Burn ointment to prevent infection.
- Adhesive bandages in a variety of sizes.
- Eye wash solution to flush the eyes or as general decontaminant.
- Prescription medications you take every day such as insulin, heart medicine and asthma inhalers. You should periodically rotate medicines to account for expiration dates.
- Prescribed medical supplies such as glucose and blood pressure monitoring equipment and supplies.
- Scissors and tweezers.
- Tube of petroleum jelly, aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever, anti-diarrhea medication, antacid.
- Plain household chlorine bleach (no scent or color) and medicine dropper. (Disinfectant plus nine parts water to one part bleach; cleaner water = 16 drops bleach to one gallon of water.)
Learn more about the potential emergencies that could happen where you live. In addition, learn about the established emergency plans by your state and local government.
A valuable source of further information is the Health, Safety, and Security Blog Portal, which you can find online at https://fhahss.blogspot.com/.