Public officials urge everyone to be prepared for Hurricane Florence and if you're not sure what that means, Forsyth County EMA Deputy Director Chris Grimes offers some answers.
Grimes said, "We want to make sure that you're prepared and that you have what you feel like you need for your family for three to five days to be able to sustain without being able to get out and go to the grocery store or go to the store."
He explains that supplies should include things like water, non-perishable food, batteries, medications, and don't forget about any pets and their needs.
He said a manual can opener seems to be the most common thing people forget to have available.
Battery-operated radios and weather radios can help keep you informed of conditions in your local area, but Grimes also offered advice for keeping your cell phone charged.
"So there's some great things that you can buy at Walmart or on Amazon," Grimes said. "They are inexpensive to keep your phone charged. You can also utilize your car. We want to make sure you do that safely, not in a garage. But if you do happen to get out, make sure you do have a car charger where you can plug it up in your car."
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