North Carolina has its share of earthquakes, but large, damaging seismic events are infrequent in our state. In New Hanover, we see the occasional tremor, but feel tremors from areas outside of our state more often than not.

NC Department of Environmental Quality Earthquake Info Page

Being ready before an emergency makes it easier to not have to go out when conditions might be dangerous.  If you can take care of minor injuries on your own, it lessens the burden on urgent care centers and hospitals as well.

  • Practice Drop, Cover, and Hold On drills with family and coworkers.
  • Participate in the annual Great Southeast Shakeout held every October
  • Make an Emergency Plan
    • Create a family emergency communications plan that includes a contact that is outside of the area or outside of the state.
    • Plan where you will meet your family if you are separated in an emergency.
    • Make a supply kit that has enough non-perishable food and water for several days.  Include a flashlight or glow sticks, a fire extinguisher, and a whistle. Remember, you don't have to stock up all at once.  Buy a few essentials at a time to build your kit up slowly.
  • Protect your home. Secure heavy items like bookcases, refrigerators, water heaters, televisions, and objects that hang on walls.  Store heavy items on low shelves.
    • Consider getting an earthquake insurance policy.  A standard homeowner's insurance policy doesn't cover earthquake damage.  If you are a renter, consider renter's insurance...your landlord's insurance generally will not cover your personal property.
  • Get involved - consider taking a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and/or a You Are the Help Until Help Arrives course.  Both are free and offered through New Hanover County Emergency Management. 
  • Stay Informed - make sure you have ways to get emergency information from local officials.