Raleigh, N.C. - Hurricane Florence continues to intensify as it approaches the Carolinas, where forecasters expect the storm to make landfall later this week as a "major hurricane." Sen. Dan Bishop (R- Mecklenburg) urged North Carolina residents to start preparing for the storm now.
"This could potentially be the most powerful hurricane to hit our area in decades, and the surge and heavy rains could prove life-threatening," said Senator Bishop.
"Even though the Charlotte area is not near the coast, we still need to take this situation seriously and prepare. Now is the time to stock up on supplies such as drinking water, nonperishable foods, flashlights, extra batteries, first aid kits, gas, medications and other items that your family may need."
Residents should continue to monitor the situation as the storm approaches. The below checklist should be used to prepare in advance of the storm.
- Download this app from ReadyNC.org for Hurricane preparedness, shelter locations, traffic, weather, and more.
- If you are at risk for flash flooding, watch for warning signs such as heavy rain.
- Practice going to a safe shelter for high winds, such as a FEMA safe room or ICC 500 storm shelter. The next best protection is a small, interior, windowless room in a sturdy building on the lowest level that is not subject to flooding.
- Based on your location and community plans, make your own plans for evacuation or sheltering in place.
- Become familiar with your evacuation zone, the evacuation route, and shelter locations.
- Gather needed supplies for at least three days. Keep in mind each person's specific needs, including medication. Don't forget the needs of pets.
- Keep important documents in a safe place or create password-protected digital copies.
- Protect your property. Declutter drains and gutters. Install check valves in plumbing to prevent backups. Consider hurricane shutters. Review insurance policies.
The following websites can provide additional information for citizens to prepare ahead of the storm's arrival: