If you find you're in need of some recommended items before the hurricane, check out a local thrift store and see if they offer it second-hand.
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Red Cross N.C. Chapter Regional Communications Officer Calley Edwards said many of the items needed on hand could already be in your homes, it's just a matter of checking and then gathering them in one place.
Here's a list officials suggest you grab during hurricane preparations:
Towels, blankets and bedding for extra guests and pets
Candles and/or flashlights and lanterns
Plastic containers or ziplock bags for important documents
One gallon of water per person and pet per day
Have all medications filled in advance
Enough nonperishable foods to last seven days
Onslow Emergency Services Director Norman Bryson said a good rule of thumb is to have seven days' worth of necessities on hand. It is okay to buy items second-hand if need be, Bryson said, just be sure to make sure they work before purchasing.
Things that can be bought at thrift stores or online marketplaces include flashlights, lanterns, towels, and bedding for pets as well as a radio. Plastic bins to store paperwork or other items can also often be found at thrift stores in your community.
One of the items residents are encouraged to buy new are generators, and officials recommend ensuring you're able to use it properly in advance of the storm.
Kandy Hunter, manager of Military Surplus in Jacksonville, said her store also carries sandbags, MRE's, glow sticks, first aid kits, bug repellent, shovels, canteens, and survival blankets, which could come in handy during the storm.
For more information and to stay up-to-date, the Red Cross Emergency App can be downloaded before the storm, which can give weather updates and help find shelters. Bryson also suggests community members utilize the N.C. Ready website and Ready.gov app.