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What to do 6 hours before a hurricane

Even if you don't live along coastal areas, hurricanes can still move inland bringing with it destruction and flooding.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Every minute counts before, during, and after a hurricane. 

That's why WFMY News 2 wants to make sure you know what to do now to prepare your home and keep your family safe, in the event of a hurricane. 

Even if you don't live in coastal areas, hurricanes can still move inland bringing with it destruction and flooding.

Here’s what you need to do 6 hours ahead of a hurricane according to FEMA.

When a hurricane is 6-18 hours from arriving:

  • Turn on your TV/radio, or check your city/county website every 30 minutes in order to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.
  • Charge your cell phone now so you will have a full battery in case you lose power.

When a hurricane is 6 hours from arriving:

  • If you’re not in an area that is recommended for evacuation, plan to stay at home or where you are and let friends and family know where you are.
  • Close storm shutters, and stay away from windows. Flying glass from broken windows could injure you.
  • Turn your refrigerator or freezer to the coldest setting and open only when necessary. If you lose power, food will last longer. Keep a thermometer in the refrigerator to be able to check the food temperature when the power is restored.
  • Turn on your TV/radio, or check your city/county website every 30 minutes in order to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.

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