What to know ahead of Friday’s wintry weather & how you can help others prepare

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — The State of North Carolina is using this week as an opportunity to remind people what to have on hand before the storm hits.

There’s potential for some snow in the Triangle on Friday into Saturday and regardless of whether we actually see flakes or not, there are some things you’ll want to stock up on for the winter.

It’s recommended that people have at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food and fresh batteries in their home. Officials also suggest people have an alternative heating source in case the power goes out.

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State officials say that even though we are predicted to have a warmer and drier winter, storms can still happen. That’s something to keep in mind as you travel, too.

It’s a good idea to keep an emergency kit ready for your vehicle. Some good items to have are an ice scraper, jumper cables, blankets and a first aid kit.

In addition to looking out for you and your family, there are others in the area who will need help whether we receive snow or just bone-chilling temperatures this weekend.

The Raleigh Rescue Mission is looking for items like gloves, scarves and blankets. When they’re especially needed is the cold nights when they put out their white flag outside the building. The flag was there Thursday morning.

Rescue Mission officials say on most nights they have a white flag flying — it means anyone in need of shelter is welcome.

The Mission has limited space, but they’ve expanded the emergency overnight services to accommodate an additional 24 women and children.

The help the Raleigh Rescue Mission offers the less fortunate is due in big part to the community’s support.

“That’s what the mission is here for. We’re a sort of a vehicle for reaching out to the population for those that maybe don’t see it everyday,” said spokesperson Lauri Para. “They can work with us, those people they can volunteer, they can donate, they can help us to be able to provide more shelter for more people in need.”

Once the Mission is full, they’ll work with other local shelters to find everyone a warm place.

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