Measures to take to safely house family and friends during storm
WRAL's Julian Grace spoke with residents who said they are willing to help with housing those in need when Hurricane Isaias hits. He also has some tips you can take to safely do it.
UP IN ABOUT 15 MINUTES. >> KAT, THANK YOU. WE WILL CHECK BACK IN WITH YOU LATER IN THIS NEWSCAST AND WE WILL HAVE THE LATEST MODELS TONIGHT ON WRAL AT 11:00. >>> IF YOU ARE ORDERED TO EVACUATE, WE WANT PEOPLE TO EVACUATE. WE JUST WANT THEM TO CONSIDER, FIRST, STAYING WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND SECOND, IF THEY CAN AFFORD IT, TO TRY TO GET A HOTEL. THAT IS THE ONLY THING DIFFERENT ABOUT THIS. WE DO NOT WANT PEOPLE TO STAY WHERE THEY ARE, IF THERE IS AN EVACUATION ORDER IN PLACE. >> TODAY, THE GOVERNOR MADE IT CLEAR FACING A STORM IN A PANDEMIC IS TOUGH. PEOPLE LIVING IN FLOOD PRONE AREAS MAY BE FORCED INLAND, WITH FEWER SHELTER OPTIONS THAN NORMAL. THE GOVERNOR IS ASKING PEOPLE TO TURN THEIR HOMES INTO SHELTERS FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS. WRAL'S JULIAN GRACE JOINS US LIVE WITH WAYS YOU CAN DO SO SAFELY. JULIAN. >> Reporter: TODAY WE DROVE AROUND TO MANY COMMUNITIES HERE AND WE FOUND OUT FROM RESIDENTS THAT THEY ARE WILLING TO JUMP IN AND HELP THOSE THAT NEED HELP. IT SEEMS NORTH CAROLINIANS ARE NOT OPPOSED TO HOUSING FAMILY IN THE COMING DAYS. >> ABSOLUTELY. I THINK THE REASON BEING THAT IT IS ALWAYS BEST TO HELP PEOPLE IN NEED, SO THAT IS WHAT WE WOULD BE INTERESTED IN DOING. >> I LIKE HELPING PEOPLE. THAT IS WHAT IT IS ABOUT, HELPING PEOPLE. >> I DO WORRY ABOUT PEOPLE AND I DON'T WANT TO SEE ANYBODY HARMED OR THEIR BELONGINGS, YOU KNOW, DAMAGED. LIFE IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN THINGS AND THAT IS WHY WE WOULD BE WILLING TO HOUSE SOMEBODY IF WE NEEDED TO. >> Reporter: THE COMBINATION OF COVID-19 AND A HURRICANE HAS DECREASED SPACE THAT SHELTERS, LEAVING HOTELS AND HOMES AS A POSSIBLE OPTION. >> IF WE ARE WILLING TO HELP SOMEONE, SOMEONE MIGHT BE WILLING TO HELP US IF WE ARE IN NEED, SO WE ARE GLAD TO DO THAT. >> Reporter: HERE ARE SOME TIPS IF YOU ARE TAKING AND GUESTS. CREATE A DESIGNATED AREA FOR GUESTS AND THEIR THINGS. HAVE EXTRA TOILETRIES AVAILABLE AND PROVIDE EXTRA CLEAN TOWELS AND BEDDING. IT IS ALSO IMPORTANT TO KEEP IN MIND THAT IT IS IMPORTANT TO PRACTICE SOME FORM OF SOCIAL DISTANCE. >> THIS VIRUS, IT IS NOT SURPRISING, BECAUSE IT SPREADS LIKE WILDFIRE. >> Reporter: HERE IS ANOTHER GREAT REMINDER AS YOU ARE TAKING IN THOSE FRIENDS AND FAMILY MEMBERS. PLEASE REMEMBER THAT SOME OF THEM MAY HAVE PETS.