Outside of the Duke Energy Center in Uptown Charlotte, Randy Wheeless quizzed several people on common weather misconceptions. Watch the short videos below to test your preparedness knowledge and get ready for severe weather.
1. Is taping your windows during a storm a good idea?
Answer: don’t waste your tape. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, taping windows during a storm doesn’t prevent shattering – it only prevents the broken glass from scattering. The safest thing to do is install shutters or boards.
2. What should be in your preparedness kit?
Bottled water? Check. Canned foods? Check. Watch the video for more ideas on what to put in your kit.
For an emergency kit checklist, click here.
3. Turn around don’t drown
How much water has to be in the road before it’s unsafe to drive? (Hint: it’s not much.)
4. Please be patient
Before the storm makes landfall, Duke Energy linemen are gearing up to prevent and restore outages. They are working around the clock to get the lights back on quickly and safely, which sometimes requires waiting for high winds to settle and flooding to recede.
Get up-to-date outage information
Duke Energy customers can sign up for outage alerts to receive text, voice mail or email notifications when you have an outage. You'll also receive updates with estimated restoration times. Sign-up online or text REG to 57801.
You can find more information about reporting an outage or checking the current outage map on the Duke Energy Storm Safety website.