Preparing ahead of the storm; building an emergency supply kit

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season begins on June 1 and continues through November 30, but tropical storms and hurricanes can develop at any time during the year.

When hurricanes or tropical storms impact the region, not only will you need supplies to get through the storm, but also for the potential aftermath. You’ll want to make sure to gather these items before hurricane season begins in June.

  • Make sure to have enough non-perishable food items, as well as water, to last each person in your household a minimum of three days. Food should require minimal to no cooking. You may want to keep a manual can opener on hand as well since many non-perishable food items are in cans.
  • Fill prescriptions and have medication on hand in the event a tropical storm or hurricane heads your way.
  • These strong storms may cause power outages. It’s important to take this factor into account when choosing at least two ways to receive weather alerts. Typical television sets won’t work if the power goes out. Battery-powered radios, mini-televisions and NOAA Weather Radios are a good way to receive alerts and information, but you’ll need to have extra batteries on hand.
  • You can receive alerts through your cell phone, but you may need a portable full-charged power bank, portable crank, or solar-powered USB charger to charge your phone later on.
  • Have flashlights or lanterns to provide light during a power outage.
  • Gas up your car ahead of the storm. You may want extra gasoline on hand for power equipment, such as generators and chain saws.
  • Keep extra cash on hand in case you need to make a transaction during a power outage.

You’ll also want to keep track of important documents. This includes insurance documents and pieces of identification. Store these documents in sealed plastic storage bags to prevent water damage. Make sure to take them with you if you have to leave or evacuate your home.

Gathering these items and planning ahead can save time and stress when tropical storms and hurricanes approach the area.

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