Editorial: Hurricane season arriving

May. 27, 2014 @ 11:57 PM

Sunday will officially begin hurricane season, and our state this week is observing Hurricane Preparedness Week.

Tri-County residents have enjoyed the last few years with relatively minor incidents when it comes to hurricanes slamming or brushing the East Coast. We may be well inland, but as hurricanes fly, we’re really just a wobble away whenever our coastline emerges in the news cycle.

Our governor is correct in saying no part of the state is immune. The Western side, the mountains even, have felt the impact before, especially with Hugo, Floyd, Frances and Ivan. This year, in fact, is the 25th anniversary of Hugo, the 15th for Floyd and the 10th for Frances and Ivan.

Remember, Hugo’s direct hit was on Charleston, S.C. Seven North Carolinians were dead before the damage was done.

According to a link from the National Weather Service website, a basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:

• Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation.

• Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food.

• Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both.

• Flashlight and extra batteries.

• First aid kit.

• Whistle to signal for help.

• Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place.

• Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation.

• Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities.

• Manual can opener for food.

• Local maps.

• Cellphone with chargers, inverter or solar charger.

Food and water supplies are recommended to be changed out every six months. Storage of the kit, for sake of the food, is suggested to be in a cool, dry place.

And periodically, at least every year, the kit should be examined as the needs of the family change.

Also, have the apps, websites and or phone numbers to call in our cellphone to disarm potential scammers. We encourage using give.org, charitywatch.org, guidestar.org or charitynavigator.org.

And to report scams, contact the state attorney general’s office by calling toll free (877) 5NO-SCAM, which translates to (877) 566-7226.