As everyone in the Upstate is preparing for Hurricane Irma to make landfall this weekend or early next week just a few reminders to keep everyone safe during the storm.
Create an emergency supply kit to save valuable time later. The kit should include everything an individual or family would need for at least two weeks, especially medicines and other supplies that might be hard to find after a storm strikes.
Maintain a supply of water and non-perishable food.
Charge cellphones, computers and other electronic devices in advance of the storm to stay connected to important safety and response information. Consider purchasing portable chargers and make sure they are fully charged as well.
Stay away from power lines that have fallen or are sagging. Consider all lines energized as well as trees, limbs or anything in contact with lines.
Never drive through standing water, there are several areas that flood in our area which could be deeper than is expected. There is also the possibility that flood waters have eroded the roadways or substrate which could cause your vehicle to become stuck trapping you inside the vehicle.
Duke Energy is making preparations for the storm in case it makes its way to the us if you are experiencing an outage or downed power lines you can call:
Duke Energy customers – 800.769.3766
Duke Energy Progress customers – 800.419.6356
For a “Hurricane Kit Checklist,” important safety tips and more information on what to do before, during and after a storm, visit https://www.duke-energy.com/safety-and-preparedness/storm-safety.