GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – September is National Preparedness Month and the Red Cross has the basics on what to include in your emergency or hurricane supply kit.
“Well, it’s always important for people to understand that when a disaster happens, especially an ice storm, a hurricane, it may take emergency responders some time to get to folks in homes,” explained Cally Edwards, executive director of the Northeastern North Carolina chapter of the Red Cross. “Sometimes it can take up to 3 to 7 days. So we really encourage people to have what they need at home. Most importantly, we want folks to have that important weather radio that’s a hand crank and most importantly, you want to have food and water. Three gallons a day per person and if you have pets, have supplies on hand for your pets as well, along with food. If you have canned food, have a can opener. But some things that you may not think about having are your prescriptions, making sure your prescriptions are filled before an event happens. Have copies of important papers: your insurance, car registration. We also have the Red Cross mobile apps for emergency and first aid that are free apps that help you build your kit, give you important information and you also get weather alerts right there on your phone of impacting weather that is in our area.”
These are just a few of the basics. Click here to download the WNCT 9 Hurricane Supply Checklist.