Charlotte Prepper Store Supplies Emergency Goods for Hurricane Season and More
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Whether your worry is North Carolina's hurricane season or martial law, Charlotte’s first “prepper” store can help you get ready.
Vietnam veteran Ralph Broome opened Carolinas Preppers and Survivors on South Boulevard earlier this year, selling gear to concerned homeowners who need a flashlight and to New World Order conspiracy theorists.
But Broome's store is not all about preparing for zombies or end times.
“Everyone wants me to talk about apocalypse or something,” Broome says with a smile. “But really, there are all types of emergencies that people should prepare for.”
His shelves offer an array of preparedness materials, including rain barrels, dried foods, blankets and survival guides, as well as military surplus, such as camouflage clothing and tents.
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An all-in-one emergency preparedness kit backpack, priced at $75, holds all the essentials for one person for five days: meals, a first-aid kit, blanket, water and more.
His bestseller so far, though, is the flashlight.
Hurricane season in North Carolina
As hurricane season continues and the 25th anniversary of Hurricane Hugo’s trek through the Carolinas approaches, Charlotte homeowners are reminded to be prepared for weather emergencies and power outages.
Experts say regular maintenance can help protect your house, and Angie’s List provides recommendations for service providers that can do the job right:
- Charlotte area roofing companies can perform a safety inspection, checking for loose shingles or other roof problems.
- A tree service can ensure that those trees on your property are healthy and strong.
- Storm shutter installers can show you how to mitigate threats from high winds.
For more tips on storm preparation, see this guide for getting ready for a hurricane.
If it’s zombies you’re worried about, you’re on your own.