With Hurricane Alex building strength in the Gulf of Mexico, I think now is the perfect time to start preparing ourselves for the Hurricane Season. No, I’m not talking about our Stanley Cup-winning hockey team. I’m talking about the huge storms that can cause millions of dollars in damage, and take thousands of lives.
North Carolina has seen its fare share of hurricanes in the past ten years; Hurricane Fran in 1996, Floyd in 1999 and Isabel in 2003. Needless to say, it is important to make sure we are prepared in case we have some unexpected visitors this year.
Now, we shouldn’t run out and buy everything the store has like we’re preparing for the end of the world, but a few things will ensure that we will be safe if a hurricane should strike. Some things that are good to have on hand include: Flashlights, batteries, emergency candles, a first aid kit, a 3-day supply of water and non-perishable foods, medications, personal hygiene and sanitation items, and your family’s emergency contact information. TriangleRedCross.org provides lots of resources for families during hurricane season, so please visit TriangleRedCross.org/Ready in order to get a safety checklist and learn what to do before, during, and after a hurricane.
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