Families should have an emergency plan and an emergency supply kit ready to go at all times. The kit should contain enough non-perishable food and a gallon of water per person per day to last three to seven days. The kit should also include the following essentials:
--Copies of insurance papers and identification sealed in a watertight plastic bag
--Weather radio and batteries
--Supply of prescription medicines
--Changes of clothes
--Hygiene items such as toothbrush, toothpaste, soap and deodorant
--Cash or checkbook
--Whistle to signal for help
--Pet supplies including food, water, leashes, bedding, muzzle and vaccination records
People should stay informed during a storm by keeping a battery-powered radio for weather and evacuation information and should know evacuation routes in their community. They also need to heed the warnings of state and local officials and evacuate quickly when told to do so.
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And officials here are urging folks to be prepared.
"While we do not yet know how Hurricane Matthew will impact
The state of emergency will help to facilitate the movement of any resources that may be needed to respond to the storm, state officials said. While uncertainty remains about Hurricane Matthew's track, weather officials have said that the southeastern areas of the state could see gusty winds and rain bands as early as Friday morning.
Current forecasts are predicting rainfall amounts of three to five inches across much of the east with tropical storm-force winds between 39 and 73 mph extending nearly 200 miles from the center, according to state officials.
PREPARATION IS KEY
"There is a potential for a weekend weather event," Deno said. "It just depends on what the storm does."
Deno said with the recent rains, even minor winds of 25 to 35 mph could bring down trees and power lines and create power outages.
"Just because it might not be right on top of us doesn't mean that we won't feel any affects," he said. "The further it goes offshore, the better off we are going to be."
And preparing is key, Deno said.
Officials say families need to have an emergency kit filled with items such as food, water, batteries and flashlights and other supplies that can last for at least three days.
Families should think about potential emergencies, which include homes without power, gas and water.
"Take heed to what's going on and prepare based on the needs of your families," Deno said.
In addition to an emergency kit, Deno said residents should get cash out of the bank, fill up cars with gasoline and freeze water bottles to keep food cool if the power goes out as well as having additional gas and charcoal on hand for those who have grills.
Deno said residents can also fill their bathtub up with water and use that to flush the toilet during these types of weather emergencies.
Officials don't recommend the use of candles to light your home if the power goes out; they suggest battery-powered lanterns instead.
It's also important for families to have an emergency plan as well.
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