Forsyth County, N.C. - Surviving in the city is looking more like surviving in the wilderness for millions of people around the country today affected by this weekend's severe weather. In Forsyth County, people were only without power for a limited amount of time, but it was enough to remind them about the importance of being ready.
After all, electricity is something we take for granted.
So, what should you have prepared in your emergency kit?
* At least three days worth of food and water per person, per day.
* A First-Aid kit.
* A manual can opener. A lot of us say we have canned food ready to go. But, are you relying on an electric can opener?
* Get a flashlight with extra batteries.
* A cell phone charger that will work in your car or that is solar powered.
"A lot of people don't realize they need to carry some cash or have some emergency fund because you can't do anything if the bank's lights are out," Alphonso Washington, a Forsyth County man, said.
Shirley Fuller added, "It's pretty rough outside. I can't be in the heat too long. I take blood pressure medicine."
People cannot imagine going several days without power. They feel for all those affected by the storms this weekend. This has encouraged them to get their items in order, so they will be ready next time.
"It's crazy. No TV, no air-conditioning. You can hardly be comfortable at night knowing the power is out," Benjamin Robinson said.
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