Time to stock up on hurricane supplies

MOBILE, Ala.(WALA) – The next time you go to a big box or hardware store, you’ll probably find a special area for hurricane supplies.

You might also find some price reductions, too.

Hurricane season started this past weekend.

It’s a good idea to get supplies during the calm, rather than right before a storm.

SUPPLY DISPLAYS UP

Everyone is hoping we’ll have a quiet hurricane season, but, in case we don’t, stores like Home Depot are setting up special sections featuring hurricane supplies.

You may have thought of many of the items already.

They include, according to Donald LaFleur with Home Depot, a “first aid kit, batteries, flashlight: it depends on AA and D batteries, depending on what flashlight you have, and the weather radio. That’s very important.”

And, there are some you may not have thought of.

DISASTER BUCKET

Home Depot has put together a five gallon disaster bucket filled with supplies.

And, the buckets themselves are useful, too.

Eric Russell was shopping at Home Depot Monday morning.

He offered some advice.

Russell said, “It’s always good to have empty five gallon buckets for water. A lot of people don’t ever think about (this): you have to have at least a gallon of water per person, per day.”

KNOW YOUR GENERATOR

Generators are always popular items, especially if a hurricane is at our doorstep.

But, there are things you need to know.

For instance, how many appliances can you plug into a generator?

That depends on the power of the generator.

LaFleur said, “Like 30 amp (ampere). You can have a portable air conditioner, and you may can run your microwave at the same time, but, on a 20 amp, you can probably only run one thing.”

WHOLE HOME GENERATORS

Then, there are whole home generators powered by natural gas that Home Depot officials said start at about $6000.

Nikklos Kidd, another customer, said he has one.

Kidd said, “Its very convenient, and, for anybody who will invest in them at the price I looked at, its worth it: I mean, because you’re never without lights, so, you stay cool.”

And, if you’re the type of person who likes to buy in bulk, you can find water in 32 packs and batteries in 36 packs.

It’s always best to prepare for the long haul.

Hurricane supply items include:

  • One gallon of water for each person per day
  • Enough water for at least three days
  • Canned and dried food, needs to be easy to prepare and no refrigeration
  • Manual can opener
  • Sleeping bag/cots
  • Flashlight or lantern with batteries.
  • First-aid kit
  • Medicines/prescription drugs
  • Emergency contact list
  • Weather radio or battery powered radio.
  • Credit cards and cash
  • Duct tape
  • Garbage bags or tarp
  • Waterproof container

Also, have two kits:
1. A large kit with three days of supplies
2. A smaller kit if you must evacuate

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