(WTVM) - While the valley is mainly being spared by Hurricane Matthew, local Red Cross officials say now is as good a time as any to make sure you're prepared in case disaster strikes.
We spoke to a Red Cross official in Columbus, who says the most important thing you can do to prepare for something like this happening closer to home is always make sure you have an emergency kit ready.
"Well we do encourage people to go ahead and prepare their emergency kits," said Katie Hinman with the American Red Cross. "You want to have a kit for 72 hours' worth of supplies, make sure you have a gallon of water per person, and non-perishable food for up to three days, a weather radio if you have it, and download our apps, they're free. You can go to your app store and look for Red Cross. We have a hurricane app and there's also ways to find a shelter and find a family member."
Click this link to visit the official website of the Red Cross and download their apps.