GREENSBORO, N.C. — You know what it's like to see a hurricane approaching. It's not a good feeling and you don't have much time to prepare.

We're not dealing with any threats right now, but there's always a chance we will. That's why you've gotta have a plan before it's even in the forecast.

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It starts with the right gear. Obviously, your phone will be necessary. But you might need to keep the kids entertained with a laptop or tablet. It'll also help with booking hotel rooms or making money transfers. 

Those devices are no good if they're not charged. You'll need portable chargers, even spare batteries. Add them to what we call "go bags" in the news business.

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It's a bag that's packed and ready to go in case of an emergency - or in our case, breaking news. Car chargers are also important. And a power strip to charge multiple devices can go a long way.  And invest in a power bank. It can charge your phone even when you don't have access to any power. Add some Ziploc bags to keep your devices dry.

Then think about the apps you have on your phone. Zello was designed specifically for people dealing with storms. It turns your phone into a walkie-talkie/police scanner. As long as you have an internet connection through wifi or a cellular network it can be used. 

But before the internet goes out, download Firechat. The app allows you to talk to anyone with or without internet access. But they have to be within 200 feet of you to work.
And most importantly, don't forget our app. You'll be up-to-date on any weather alerts and news stories as they happen.

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