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Officials: Have an emergency outage kit on hand

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They also say allow for one gallon of water per person, per day. It's also important to have all your supplies in one container. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

As we brace for the potential impact of Hurricane Irma, power outages might impact our region.

That's why local emergency officials encourage everyone to have an emergency kit on hand.

"Advanced preparation is the best. You need to have things where you can find them. If you had to evacuate, it's good to have everything like in some type of Rubbermaid tub, where you can just grab it and go," said Angie Ledford of Buncombe County Emergency Management.

Officials with Buncombe County Emergency Services say you should include a minimum three-day supply of non-perishable, ready-to-eat food items.

They also say allow for one gallon of water per person, per day. It's also important to have all your supplies in one container.

There are even tools to help you stay connected during a storm, like solar-powered chargers and three-way charging radios.

Click here for information on making water safe in an emergency.

To receive emergency alerts on your cell phone from Buncombe County Emergency officials, text "BCALERT" to 888-777.

For other important ways to prepare, according to Buncombe County officials, click here.

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