Hurricane Florence inspires help and calls for local preparedness

September is National Preparedness month and central Ohioans are reminded to have an emergency preparedness kit. (WSYX/WTTE)

As Hurricane Florence inches closer to the Carolinas, offers for help roll in from central Ohio.

Krista Edwards with the Salvation Army in Central Ohio said they’re ready to provide food, cleanup kits and emotional spiritual care to people impacted by Hurricane Florence.

Edwards explained donations help the organization continue their work, but added monetary donations have the biggest impact.

"We already have plans in place as we prepare for such disasters to work with vendors and get that bulk food items to us,” said Edwards.

The Salvation Army will hold a hurricane relief phone bank at ABC 6/FOX 28 studios Monday September 17th. The Salvation Army said all money raised will go directly to hurricane relief.

People can also make monetary donations online.

September is National Preparedness month and central Ohioans are reminded to have an emergency preparedness kit.

Jeff Young, director of Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security said it’s important for people to have a first aid kit, weather radios as well as a phone charger.

Young also explained kits should last people 24 to 72 hours and should also contain other items.

"Bottled water, nonperishable food that you can keep on hand. Snacks, things you'll need on a daily basis. Medicines that you'll need re-filled periodically, if you have young children that might need diapers, wipes,” said Young.

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