PETAL, MS (WDAM) - Although experts have forecast an active hurricane season, many Pine Belt residents are unprepared. With September, typically the most active month of the season, rapidly approaching, the time to prepare is now.
"Most of the time you don't really see people coming in and buying the stuff until they actually see something in the Gulf with one of the projected paths coming our way," says Phyllis Bennett, Lowe's Assistant Store Manager.
Your hurricane kit should include flashlights, batteries, water (one gallon per person per day), canned or nonperishable food, a can opener, gas for cars and generators, and a battery-powered or hand-crank radio. Also, include important documents, such as insurance paperwork and driver's licenses. A first-aid kit is essential and should contain prescription medications as well as basic items (bandages, aspirin, antacids, etc). Don't forget food for you pets, too!
To avoid long lines and empty shelves at the store, don't wait until a storm looms nearby. Pine Belt residents are urged to assemble their hurricane kits now.
"If you live in this area, it's not good just to have it for hurricane season because we do have such bad thunderstorms," says Jacki Smith, a Lowe's shopper who is prepared for hurricane season. "It's good to have it on hand because you never know what's going to happen."