Red Cross unit ready if needed; Volunteers on standby

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CHARLOTTE - The American Red Cross is preparing for the storms moving towards Mecklenburg County.

The Red Cross says people are already asking if they are going to open shelters. The organization told reporter Sarah Rosario they do not plan on opening any now, but are prepared in case it is needed.

Now is the time to get supplies ready, including flashlights, water and canned foods. The Red Cross says to make sure your family has enough food and medicine to last you and your pets at least three days.

Workers say you should also have an emergency kit and family evacuation plan.

In case you get separated, have pictures of your family and pets.

The most important thing you can do is to be vigilant.

“Stay informed, it’s so important to stay informed. Listen to the radio app, use your mobile app to know where the storm is,” said Jennifer Franklin with the Red Cross.

More than 1500 volunteers are on standby. They are inspecting a disaster relief unit to make sure it is ready. They have enough supplies to set up several shelters in the Charlotte area if needed.