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WNC residents gather emergency supplies in anticipation of Florence

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Now that Hurricane Florence is hitting the coast, people in the mountains are bracing for what's to come. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Now that Hurricane Florence is hitting the coast, people in the mountains are bracing for what's to come.

“Word on the street is that its going to not be pretty,” said Luke Baker, who bought a generator at Home Depot in Hendersonville.

When putting together an emergency kit, according to the Ready.Gov, there are a few essential items people should make sure they have. They include:

  • 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
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • 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
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery

A power generator is another item people may want to consider.

“In the first few days of hurricane threats, we sold out completely,” said Home Depot Assistant Store Manager Joey Garren.

Which is why on Wednesday, the Home Depot in Hendersonville received an emergency shipment of generators.

“You might be stuck in your home without power,” said Garren.

Which is something many customers we spoke with say they don’t want to risk.

“We’re here to help if we can and just make sure that we’re taking care of everybody else,” said Garren.

Garren said his store in Hendersonville will be open through the storm.

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