Tropical Storm Isaias - Reminders from Emergency Services

For Immediate Release:      


August 3, 2020
12:00 p.m.

Smithfield, NC — In preparation for Tropical Storm Isaias, Johnston County Emergency Services would like to remind everyone of the importance of having a preparation plan in place during this hurricane season, which runs June 1 through November 30.

Given the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be additional challenges and changes that should be considered when reviewing your hurricane preparedness plan.  We encourage you to consider the following:

Residents that live in areas prone to hurricane related flooding should make a plan to stay with family or friends, a hotel, or another safe place should you need to evacuate.  By staying with family, friends or at a hotel, you reduce the chances of being exposed to, or transmitting the COVID-19 virus.  Staying at a storm shelter should be considered as a last resort during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

When preparing your emergency supply kit, be sure to include water, non-perishable food items, sleeping bags and blankets, working flashlights, medications, important family documents, a first-aid kit, and personal hygiene products.  If relocating to another location, be sure to include additional supplies to stay healthy: masks, hand sanitizer, cleaning products, and sanitizing wipes. 

For additional information on creating a family emergency plan, please visit .  Residents and community partners are encouraged to follow us on our website as well as follow Johnston County Government and Johnston County Emergency Services on social media.