RI official shares tips to prepare for Hurricane Matthew

People stand on the coast watching the surf produced by Hurricane Matthew, on the outskirts of Kingston, Jamaica, Monday, Oct. 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Even with Hurricane Matthew days away, local officials are saying that the time to get ready for the storm is now.

Deputy EMA Director, Wayne Barnes, recommends preparing for the possibility of being hit.

“Consider a generator if you don’t have one and otherwise think of where you could go if you were without power for a long time,” said Barnes as one piece of advise.

Other items on the list: “batteries, flashlights, something reliable to communicate with,” Barnes said. “Make sure you have lights, you have nonperishable food and other things that you need for a power outage of up to 3 or 4 or even more days.”

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Barnes also recommends preparing your home by making sure loose yard objects are put away, “so that you don’t have any flying objects and you’re not causing damage to your own home because of the debris.”

Lastly, hold a family meeting. “Think about a family communications plan,” said Barnes. “Where is everybody going to be if you have family in different places, they’re going to want to know how you’re doing.”

If the storm ends up passing us by, then the preparations will be good to have ending into winter.

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