CHARLOTTE. NC (FOX 46) - You may have heard this over and over again but the time to prepare is now before a disaster happens.
"In the 10 years that I’ve lived here, there's definitely been some storms were we can't leave for 2 or 3 days but it's usually only 2 to 3 days. You don't need supplies for the end of the world," Mike D’Avria said.
Maybe not for the end of the world but more like a week.
"There’s a lot to think about." Little Hardware store co-owner Kearns Little says he routinely helps customers get ready for winter. "Be prepared for anything, be prepared to live on your own for about 3 to 5 days, that's a good rule of thumb."
ReadyNC suggests you have all these items in your emergency kit:
- Water - 1 gallon per person per day for 3 to 7 days
- Food – non-perishable and canned food supply for 3 to 7 days
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and National oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio with extra batteries
- Cell phone with charger
- First aid kit and first aid book
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Manual can opener for food
- Anti-bacterial hand wipes or gel
- Wrench or pliers to turn off water
- Blanket or sleeping bag – 1 per person
- Prescription medications and glasses
- Seasonal change of clothing, including sturdy shoes
- Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, feminine supplies
- Extra house and car keys
- Important documents – insurance policies, copy of driver’s license, Social Security card, bank account records
- Fire extinguisher
- Cash and change
- Books, games or cards
Others items you may want to purchase not on the list:
- Heaters that work without electricity
- Snow Shovel
- A wrench or pliers to turn off water.
- Canned or dry pet food for 3 to 7 days
- Ice melt
Your emergency kit should be easily accessible and prepare more than one for your car and office.
"If you happen to be in your car, make sure you have blankets, make sure you find some chains, you might want to grab some gravel or kitty litter something like that to put on under your tires if you lose traction. You can carry a small shovel there with you. Just make sure to think ahead a little bit and you will be fine," Little said.
Thankfully, the Charlotte Department of Transportation has already been preparing since November for whatever winter storm comes our way. Doing safety checks on salt trucks and practicing how to safely maneuver the city.
You should also get your own bag of salt, if freezing rain is in the forecast for this weekend.
"Freezing rain, you are going to definitely need ice melt for your drive way, for your walkway and steps. People slip on that and it's really bad. The best thing to do is stay at home," Little said.