Eastern NC Red Cross plans for Hurricane Matthew

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — As Hurricane Matthew tracks through the Caribbean, many in the Triangle are already preparing.

The Eastern North Carolina Red Cross said it was gearing up.

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“We’ve been pre-positioning, pre-planning, and really determining how best we can support our government partners in their request from us for sheltering, feeding and mass care support in preparation before the storm,” said Barry Porter, the Regional CEO of Eastern NC Red Cross.

That group held a meeting for volunteers Tuesday night. They said they need people to step up and help out.

Alan McKinney has been volunteering for nearly 20 years.

“In Hurricane Floyd, 24 inches of water got dumped in Eastern NC, that was half the state was pretty much inundated with water. Roads closed,” McKinney said.

They’re also urging folks to stock up on the basics, like water, bread, milk and canned foods.

“I was here when Fran hit. And we didn’t have electricity for about seven days,” Donna Rogers of Raleigh said.

“Previous experience with the hurricanes and it looks like this one is not going to miss us terribly. I do have a college student coming home from Wilmington. They have a mandatory evacuation,” Kendra Kohut of North Raleigh said.

Porter said it was most concerned about those that are new to the area and haven’t been through a hurricane.

“The first thing you should do is make a plan. Understand what’s going to happen and is at risk. Stay informed by listening to media accounts and weather service reports, and build a kit. Have things in your home and all prepared, so you could stay comfortably 3 days without external support,” Porter said.

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