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Be prepared for hurricane season

June 10, 2005

Valdosta - Workers at Powerhouse Outdoor Equipment are gearing up for a busy hurricane season. "We were like everybody else last year, we weren't very well prepared," said Ray Hedgecock.

Last summer, the store couldn't get generators in fast enough and eventually ran out. That's why its important to get yours early to make sure your ready for any power outages caused by a storm. "The last thing you want to do is try to buy one during a hurricane, the supply isn't very good and there are long lines," said Hedgecock.

To be prepared for hurricane season, your family also needs a disaster kit. This should include things like flashlights and batteries, personal hygiene items, a first aid kit, bottled water, and non-perishable food. "Its important to have it somewhere in the house where you can pull it out from under a bed or out of the top of the closet and you'll have the supplies you need for anywhere from three to five days," said Jennifer Steedley.

And if you do lose power, be careful about what foods you can save or need to throw away. Keeping your refrigerator and freezer closed will help foods last longer. "If you're freezer is full and it isn't opened it will keep about 48 hours, if its half full, it will keep about 24 hours," said Steedley.

It's also important to make sure at least one of your vehicles is gassed up and ready to go, just in case your family needs to evacuate. "We're going to have possibly millions of people coming up on I-75 that are going to be using our resources and getting our gas, so your car already needs to be ready," said Steedley.

The high winds we felt during last hurricane season forced hundreds of people in Lowndes County out of their homes and into shelters. But many people weren't prepared when they got there. "You're not going to have a cot, its important to bring your own blankets, pillows, anything that might make you more comfortable," said Steedley.

The National Weather Service predicts that this year's storms won't be as active as last year's, but its still vital to take every precaution you can to keep your family safe.

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