How To Prepare For Hurricane Florence Without Leaving Your House

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Update:

We’d like to highlight some ways that you can contribute to the Hurricane Florence recovery. Raleigh was spared from a horrible storm, thanks to Bonner’s masterful control of the Raleigh Weather Dome™®. As you’ve seen in the news, many other areas were devastated.

There have been tons of great efforts already, from local businesses to individuals who are willing to drop what they’re doing and take supplies to areas that need it the most. This list of organizations below is by no means comprehensive. City Council Representative Nicole Stewart has done a great job on Twitter (@Nicole4Raleigh) of keeping the public informed of ways to help. Here are a few:

North Carolina Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund

NC Hospital Foundation Disaster Relief Fund

Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC – donations will be collected Thursday from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Carter-Finley Stadium (inside Gate A) and at the food bank distribution facility at 1924 Capital Blvd.

Habitat for Humanity

United Way

Volunteer for a 6 or 12 hour shift with the Red Cross

The Carolina Cavalry

Here are a few tips on donating:

Why cash is better than donations

How to avoid charity scams. Do your homework first by checking out a charity.

  • Visit www.give.org to see if national charities meet the standards set by the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance, and www.charitywatch.org for ratings of charities by the American Institute of Philanthropy.  Other good sources of information are www.guidestar.org and www.charitynavigator.org .
  • Find out whether or not charities are licensed.  Many charities that solicit in our state are required by law to register with the N.C. Secretary of State. You can call that office toll free at (888) 830‑4989 or check out a charity or fundraiser on its website.

Breaking news: Hurricane Florence is heading towards North Carolina right now. On Sunday, our Senior Meteorologist, Jai Kumar, shared these stunning sea surface temperatures. We don’t know what that means, but we do know we’re going to need a bigger Harris Teeter.

After spending hours checking the spaghetti, angel hair pasta, and tortellini plots we still have no idea what’s going to happen. We took a trip to the Cameron Village Harris Teeter to check on the storm prep. It was madness.

Attention: You cannot get out of your car at the CV HT right now. You literally. can. not. even. Here’s some Amazon links to help you prepare for Florence without leaving your house.


This best-selling hand crank self powered radio LED flashlight and power bank for your phone is perfect. Keep your kids occupied by making them crank this all-in-one device until their arms fall off.


Florence should bring a lot of rain, according to experts. Use these Ziploc 60 quart storage boxes to keep anything dry. From your children to your Jack Rogers, these containers will fit just about anything.


Here’s some light reading for when your Kindle, iPad, kid’s iPad, and spouse’s work iPad dies. These are called “books” and were used in the days of yore to tell stories and convey ideas.


Popped a molly now I’m hurricane preppin’. No, these aren’t for your next rave. These industrial grade ultra bright light sticks will keep your house lit AF until the power comes back on.


This is an ITBasic home staple. Pumpkin Spice – check. Mason jar – check. Candle – check. You should have one of these even if there isn’t a massive hurricane on the way.


Once your kids have figured out how to break open those industrial grade glow sticks you’re going to need an actual source of light. These lanterns are perfect for power outages and pretending you’ll actually use them on that camping trip you’re never going to take.


This 5-gallon water bottle is ITBPA free and perfect for storing water. At this point, Raleigh is probably sold out of bottled water, so you should buy at least a dozen of these.


If for some reason you’re stuck outside when the storm hits, you’re going to need this windproof umbrella, ella, ella, eh, eh, eh, eh, eh? (RIP Felsons Dance Floor).


You know you need these, but I’m not even sure how they’re going to help, since all your devices are Apple products.


Apparently, this is the only bottled water you can get by tomorrow from Amazon. Oddly enough, this is the same brand that they gave out at Fyre Festival. I’m not even joking.

For some more information that may be more helpful:

Ready.gov – Make A Plan


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