“I would suggest basics,” Charles said. “Food, water, battery, flashlight, candles.”
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Charles, who is president of the New York City Preppers Network, has everything neatly packed away in his Harlem apartment: fire starting material, food needs, medical items and a trusted knife. He’s fully stocked for most disaster and crisis scenarios.
It’s important not to think nothing bad will happen in a specific area or that there will be time to prepare in the days before a storm like Harvey.
Charles acknowledges his level of preparedness is advanced.
“I have a wood burning stove as well,” he said. “That comes into play when you run out of gas. So I have backups upon . I’m not suggesting that everyone does the same thing, but come close.”