Congressman Butterfield Urges North Carolinians to Prepare for Hurricane Irene

Aug 23, 2011
Press Release


Wilson, NC - Congressman G. K. Butterfield urges eastern North Carolinians to prepare for Hurricane Irene that is expected to make landfall as early as Saturday, August 27, 2011. 

“It is vitally important that our citizens are prepared for the arrival of Hurricane Irene.  There are simple, proactive steps that can be taken to prepare residents for the storm like having an evacuation plan; purchasing food, water, and supplies; and safeguarding homes and other critical structures,” Congressman Butterfield said.

Perhaps one of the easiest and most effective tools to have is an Emergency Kit that can be used, if necessary. To assemble an emergency kit, start with an easy-to-carry, water-tight container, such as a large plastic trash or sturdy cardboard box, lined with plastic trash bags.  Next gather up the following items and place them in your kit:

  • Water – one gallon per person, per day
  • Water purification kit or bleach
  • First aid kit and first aid book
  • Non-perishable foods, such as canned meats, granola bars, instant soup, and cereals, etc.
  • Non-electric can opener
  • Baby supplies: formula, bottles, pacifiers, soap, baby powder, clothing, blankets, baby wipes, disposable diapers, canned food and juices
  • Cash and checkbook
  • Important documents: insurance, birth certificates, social security cards, wills, tax and bank information, list of doctors, inventory of household goods
  • Anti-bacterial hand wipes or gel
  • Blanket or sleeping bag per person
  • Portable radio or television with extra batteries
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Essential medications
  • Extra pair of eyeglasses or contact lenses
  • Extra house and car keys
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Pet food, water, leash, carrier, bedding and vaccination records
  • Seasonal changes of clothing including sturdy shoes
  • Books, cards, toys, things to occupy you and your child’s time

Sanitation Supplies

  • Large plastic trash bags for waste, tarps and rain ponchos
  • Large trash cans
  • Bar soap and liquid detergent
  • Personal hygiene items such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, etc.
  • Feminine hygiene supplies
  • Toilet paper
  • Household bleach
  • Rubber gloves

Stocking up now on emergency supplies can add to your family’s safety and comfort during and after a disaster.  Store in one place enough supplies for at least three to seven days.

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