Tips for building a hurricane season supply kit

Tips for building a hurricane season supply kit

PINE BELT (WDAM) - Hurricane season officially starts Wenesday, and the Red Cross in Hattiesburg wants people to start preparing by building their own hurricane kits in case of emergencies.

The Red cross recommended taking items like first aid kits, batteries, flash lights and water to see how much it costs to get prepared.

"You want to keep three days of water and three days worth of non-perishable food in those kits," Red Cross Disaster Program Specialist Michael Andersons.

Andersons said foods like peanut butter, oatmeal, tuna and cereal are the best types to bring because they can last over a long period of time.

The red cross also recommended bringing other items like blankets, extra cash and baby supplies especially if one evacuates.

"You want to make sure you have your clothing, medication all of that because you might not get back for a couple of days," Andersons said.

Target Human Resources Store Manager Matt Parish said customers shopping for these items usually spend $80-$200 per shopping cart.

Parish said this number is not unusual, and that the store sees an increase in sales during hurricane season.

"You'd probably see a surge roughly above 20 to 40 thousand dollar increase in a day sales outside the normal sales forecast," Parish said.

The Red Cross also wants people to buy battery-operated radios to make sure they stay updated on the weather.

To see the full list of recommended hurricane supply items, visit the Red Cross website.