Hurricane Preparation Tips

Are You Prepared For A Hurricane? Here’s Some Important Local Links and Information


Burke County Weather & Community  Alert System/Hyper-Reach Sign Up

Caldwell County’s Emergency Alert/ Red System Registration

Catwaba County Community Alert System/Code Red Registration

Additional County Alert Systems


NC 2-1-1:

  • All NC residents can dial 2-1-1 to reach a trained call specialist who can help them find shelters and learn evacuation routes, find help with storm clean-up, locate food, water and ice, learn about volunteer needs and more. The service is available 24/7 and is available in English and Spanish. Visit

Ready NC:

  • Visit for information on how to prepare for the storm. Download their free app to learn weather conditions, traffic conditions, shelters, evacuations, and more.

Hurricane Resources:

Additional Tips/Resources:


Traffic & Road Conditions for Our Region


Power Outage Information: Save these numbers in your phones now! (and be sure to write them down on paper too!)

Blue Ridge Energy: Report an outage: 800-448-2383.
Find information (including food safety information) and resources at our Storm Room web page.    Outage map

City of Morganton: residents should call 828-438-5277 to report any power outages

Duke Energy: Report an outage: 800-419-6356 or text OUT to 57801. Receive outage notifications: Text REG to 57801. Outage map

Energy United: Call  1-800-EUNITED (1-800-386-4833) to use our Automated Support System. Report Online HERE

Rutherford EMC: Morganton Office 1-800-228-9756 / 828-584-1410

Town of Granite Falls: Report an Outage or Emergency 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (Monday – Friday): Call Town Office at 828.396.3131 Evenings, Holidays, and Weekends: Call the Police Department at 828.396.3358





  • FEMA: Find shelters (once they have opened) by texting “SHELTER” and zip code to 4FEMA (43362).
    For example, for our area you could text to 43362: SHELTER 28645  for Lenoir;  text to 43362: SHELTER 28655 for Morganton; text to 43362: SHELTER 28638 for Hudson; text to 43362: SHELTER 28630 for Granite Falls; or text to 43362: SHELTER 28601 (or 28602 or 28603) for Hickory.
  • Red Cross Shelters: View a list at

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Pet Preparedness Checklist

Senior Citizen Preparedness Checklist

Learn more on Disaster Kits via or via NC Disaster Information Center