Be prepared for storm season, emergency officials urge

Emergency preparedness kit

Charlotte Fire Department recommends creating a home emergency preparedness kit
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Charlotte Fire Department recommends creating a home emergency preparedness kit

Does your family have an emergency kit? Do you have one for your pets?

With the arrival of Charlotte’s severe storm season, emergency officials on Wednesday urged residents and businesses to prepare for possible tornadoes, floods and hurricanes.

“We want our residents and visitors to understand that hurricanes, tropical storms and summer thunderstorms can cause severe winds, flooding and property damage here in the Charlotte area,” Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management planner Stacie Neal said. “It’s important to act now before the storms strike.”

At Charlotte Fire Department headquarters on Dalton Avenue off North Graham Street, Neal displayed the types of items people should pack into a large plastic bin that’s easy to grab and go with in an emergency.

Among the many items were an AM/FM weather alert radio, a fire extinguisher, a jug of water, first aid kit, canned goods and trail mix.

“This isn’t just for hurricane preparedness,” Neal said of the emergency supply kits everyone should have handy in their homes. “This is for any type of emergency.”

Mecklenburg County residents, including those in Charlotte and the smaller municipalities, also should register for CharMeck Alerts at www.charmeckalerts.org, Neal urged.

The key, she said, is to be prepared.

“Those who take time to discuss their emergency plans and assemble or update those supply kits will have peace of mind and be better prepared to survive a storm or recover from it,” Neal said.

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Emergency supply kits

For a list of items to include in separate kits for humans and pets, visit www.charmeckem.net.