Are You Ready For Hurricane Irene?

Are you ready in case Hurricane Irene sets her sights on Eastern Carolina?

Experts say now is the time to prepare.

Here's what you need in your disaster supply kit, according to the National Hurricane Center:

Water - at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days

Food - at least enough for 3 to 7 days
— non-perishable packaged or canned food / juices
— foods for infants or the elderly
— snack foods
— non-electric can opener
— cooking tools / fuel
— paper plates / plastic utensils

Blankets / Pillows, etc.

Clothing - seasonal / rain gear/ sturdy shoes

First Aid Kit / Medicines / Prescription Drugs

Special Items - for babies and the elderly

Toiletries / Hygiene items / Moisture wipes

Flashlight / Batteries

Radio - Battery operated and NOAA weather radio

Telephones - Fully charged cell phone with extra battery and a traditional (not cordless) telephone set

Cash (with some small bills) and Credit Cards - Banks and ATMs may not be available for extended periods


Toys, Books and Games

Important documents - in a waterproof container or watertight resealable plastic bag
— insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security card, etc.

Tools - keep a set with you during the storm

Vehicle fuel tanks filled

Pet care items
— proper identification / immunization records / medications
— ample supply of food and water
— a carrier or cage
— muzzle and leash

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  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Aug 23, 2011 at 10:31 AM
    Category 3, and possibly a category 4 hurricane when touching land is what I have heard as of the last few hours. I originally thought this was just going to be a category 1 at the most. It looks like it will hit down around Oak Island and Wilmington and stay further to the west. Hope that thing weakens but it looks like it will only strengthen. Not Good!
  • by T Location: Eastern NC on Aug 23, 2011 at 05:31 AM
    Cat 3 Hurricane winds are 111-130mph winds FYI; nothing to take lightly. Please be careful and please be prepared.
  • by Auntie Em on Aug 23, 2011 at 03:18 AM
    Make sure you all charge up your gadgets. We don't want any bored kids driving everyone wild because they forgot to charge up their 3DS before the lights went out!
  • by Christina Location: Jacksonville on Aug 22, 2011 at 07:59 PM
    this is our first hurricane season ever and im a little confused as to what goes on and what to do. we live between jacksonville and richlands, in a prefabricated home is it the same rules as someone living in a mobile home?
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      by Wayne on Aug 23, 2011 at 05:10 AM in reply to Christina
      Christina, If the prefab you live in is a newer one, It should have a higher rated wind zone rating. You should also have more anchors and a better foundation. I have plenty of friends that live in prefabs and they don't have any problems. Just use common sense and you will be fine. If you live in a low lying area that normally floods, you should expect the same or more if we take a direct hit or it stalls over/around us.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 22, 2011 at 04:19 PM
    Am I wrong or is does this look like the same track Floyd took when we had all the flooding? Hope not, does anyone remember. Hope I'm wrong.
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      by Anonymous on Aug 22, 2011 at 06:11 PM in reply to
      it's the same track, but Dennis hit us 2 weeks before, went out to sea, then came back and hit us again. Then not even a week later Floyd hit us. Different situation
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        by Sam on Aug 23, 2011 at 10:32 AM in reply to
        I will never forgive that dirty Dennis for starting that mess.
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      by You Are Correct on Aug 22, 2011 at 06:48 PM in reply to
      Several others took the same path. Bertha in 1996
  • by Wow on Aug 22, 2011 at 03:46 PM
    I always have everything to make it through. I probably have 2-3 weeks of food at my house if not more than that if rationed.
  • by Defense on Aug 22, 2011 at 01:02 PM
    Um, They left out any means of self-defense. Si you want people to stockpile food, water and even cash... but no mention of how to defend that if things get ugly. Welcome looters!
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      by Formerly O.L.I. on Aug 22, 2011 at 01:55 PM in reply to Defense
      Because we want that element of 'surprise' in my neighborhood. We stick together real good,BTW. However, you do present a good point; be prepared for CROOKS too!
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      by Gee... on Aug 22, 2011 at 02:03 PM in reply to Defense
      We didn't have this problem in the 50s. People didn't act like that. What happened?
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      by Sam on Aug 22, 2011 at 09:01 PM in reply to Defense
      Really? Is it going to get THAT bad? Weather channel is saying it will be a Cat 3 by the time it reaches NC. Besides, this isn't New Orleans. We're not in a "bowl" and don't have levees. And if there are looters, then this state has no hope for surviving.
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        by thesecret408 on Aug 23, 2011 at 07:21 AM in reply to Sam
        Sam, were you here in 1999?
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        by Sam-Kitty Hawk on Aug 23, 2011 at 10:25 AM in reply to Sam
        From one Sam to another, Eastern North Carolina got devistated. There were several places that got flooded with swamps, creeks, and rivers overflowing. There were several people who lost their lives and homes. It was a really sad time as I had a close friend from my childhood who ended up losing his life trying to cross a creek with his truck. Unfortunately it swept his truck away and his body was found about a half of a mile away from the bridge he tried to cross and get over. It's one thing if there is a category 1 approaching, but a category 3 only means DISASTER to come.
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Aug 22, 2011 at 11:19 AM
    Water ready! Food ready! Surfboard ready! Booze and television ready! Got my son in the comfort of our own home! Yep we're ready.
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      by Heather on Aug 22, 2011 at 12:11 PM in reply to Sam
      Nobody cares about what you have Sam. Go brag somewhere else.
  • by DS1 on Aug 22, 2011 at 10:52 AM
    Why would you need bottled water? The hurricane will bring plenty of water.
    • reply
      by thesecret408 on Aug 23, 2011 at 07:20 AM in reply to DS1
      DSI, the water will NOT be drinkable.
  • by Dave Location: (<>":O) on Aug 22, 2011 at 10:27 AM
    Hey WITN, what kinds of books and games to you recommend?
    • reply
      by Formerly O.L.I. on Aug 22, 2011 at 01:56 PM in reply to Dave
      How about charades by candle light?
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