As Hurricane Irma Gets Closer, Here's How You Can Prepare For A Disaster

What To Know Before Storms Hit Your Home

GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. - Even though it'll be several days before we see any possible effects in the Triad, now is the time to prepare.

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Do you actually have an emergency plan - or emergency kit? We've seen what storms can do - most recently with Hurricane Harvey.

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As Irma creeps closer to the coast, the time is now to know what you're doing in an emergency.

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On Tuesday, the only sign of trouble in the Guilford County Emergency Operations Center was a map on the wall, track Hurricane Irma, a storm system that could impact the Triad.

“So that's going to be things like wind, flooding, heavy rains,” said Rachel Faucette, an Emergency Management Coordinator.

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She and her colleague Steven Grose say it's too soon to tell, but they stress - it's never a bad idea to have a kit and a plan. That means stock up on things like water, canned food, medicine. Plus, make sure you know the location of your important papers.

“Take this time, we're a few days out, and even if nothing happens, you know what? You've got through your plan, you've made sure your food wasn't expired, you've touched these things and it would be a really good dry run – hopefully a dry run,” said Grose.

Outside your home - one of the main threats during severe weather? Trees

“Pines. For North Carolina – pines,” said Scott Saintsing, a tree expert and owner of Outdoor Exposure Tree Service.

Take care of any problem trees now. Saintsing says standalone pines are the easiest to come down - because of their shallow root system. But previous weather in the Triad may have contributed.

“From all the ice storms we've had, it causes damage doesn't immediately show itself, and this area, we've had some bad I storms in the last several years,” he said.

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