Safety experts are warning people in the Carolinas to have a plan in place as Hurricane Michael approaches. People in Greenville are expecting wind and rain the wake of the storm, but local officials are urging families to prepare for the unexpected.
“Even if we’re not expected to directly be impacted by the storm at this moment…that path can change, and so we want people to be prepared,” said Tristan Johnson, who is a fire inspector with the Greenville City Fire Department.
A representative from Safe Kids Upstate, which is a part of the Children’s Hospital of Greenville Health System, is urging people to have the basics on hand: a gallon of water per person per day, canned goods, a first aid kit, a seven day supply of medication, and copies of personal documents.
She said it’s especially important to protect children as big storms approach.
“It’s very important to talk with them, to keep them safe, to explain to them what is going to happen,” said Nydia Arce, who is a special project coordinator for Safe Kids Upstate.
Johnson said we also need to look out for our vulnerable neighbors.
“If they’re elderly, if they’re disabled…if you haven’t seen them or you’re even worried about their well-being, and you’re not able to do that yourself safely, please call 911 and allow us to come out and check on our neighbors,” he said.
He said the Greenville City Fire Department and other responders are standing by and ready to serve.
“At moments of disaster, we know that we come together as a community, that includes fire, police and EMS, so allow us to be members of your community and come out and give that assistance,” Johnson said.