Must Have Items For Your Disaster Kit

The time to prepare is now!

September 11, 2018

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Are you ready for Hurricane Florence and whatever impacts we may feel in the Charlotte area? The latest update on Florence from 8am showed that her wind speed has slowed down a bit, but that is likely because the eye wall is currently is the rebuilding phase. Florence is still a Category 4 hurricane and is expected to regain its top wind strength in the next day or so. It remains an extremely dangerous major hurricane through Thursday night.

If you have not gotten your supplies yet, you need to do it ASAP. Many stores are completely sold out of cases and even single bottles of water. 

Here's what you NEED to have for your emergency kit:

1. Water: one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation. If you cannot buy water at the stores because it's sold out, you can fill containers with tap water and fill bath tubs. 

2. Food: at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food per person. And don't forget food for your pets too!

3. First aid kit

4. Extra Batteries

5. Flashlights or candles: But remember you need to be cautious when using candles as they can start a fire.

6. Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation

7. Manual can opener for food: If the power goes out, your electric can opener will not work. 

8. Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery: Charge your phones and any back up batteries now and leading up the the storm.

9. Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert: You can get an APP for this for your phone, but if cell service goes out this is your best option. 

10. Cash: It's good to have some cash on hand if the power goes out for an extended period of time as cards and ATMs will not be working. 

Just because we are a good 200-miles from the coast does not mean we should shrug this storm off as not a big deal. The storm is expected to stall creating an extremely heavy rain event for the Charlotte area.