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Hurricane readiness


Already this year some people in our community have had to deal with flood waters.
Have you replaced the supplies you may have used during that storm, or that have expired, for the upcoming hurricane season?

Channel 3's Kalie Desimone has more on what items you'll need to stock up to prepare for a hurricane.

Being prepared means having all the items that you might need for an emergency or disaster, and there's no better time to get those items than now.

Angie Bowles, shopper, "I think the last storm took us all by surprise with the rain, so we certainly want to be ready for the hurricanes."

Which means you'll need, "canned goods. water."

Ladonna Spivey, American Red Cross, "Have it already ready so that you don't have to worry about it, or be standing in line."

Of course water is a necessity, but do you know how much you should have on hand?
"Three gallons of water for each person in the house for a minimum of three days."

You'll also want to make sure your flashlights work, you have plenty of extra batteries and that you have a radio somewhere in the house. It could be your best way of finding out what's happening during a storm.

Medications for you and your family are something else you should have in your hurricane kit.

"You want to have at least a 7 day supply."

And although it can seem overwhelming.... preparing 'now' has its perks.

Spivey, "This is the time to look for things on sale."

In fact some stores like Target are offering a deal to shoppers right now.
For the next 14 days shoppers can purchase many of the hurricane preparedness essentials free of tax.

Derek Derbigny, Target Store Manager, "I think you have to beat the rush, be prepared and what better way to do it while we got some tax savings."

For more information about how to prepare for a hurricane the American Red Cross has an app for that.