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April 13, 2007

Albany--Severe weather could blow into south Georgia. According to the National Weather Service and GEMA, violent storms could hit our region late Saturday night or early Sunday morning.

To be prepared, you need to have a plan. News 10 shows you what supplies you need and how much they'll cost you.

More than a month after deadly storms tore through south Georgia, more bad weather could be on its way. "They're saying it's going to similar to the one in early March.  They expect thunderstorms, hail, not a whole lot of rain, but the possibility of tornadoes along with that," says Albany EMA director, Jim Vaught.

With that in mind, he's is warning south Georgians to get ready. "If you're not prepared and the event happens, it's too late," says Vaught.

"Just make sure you got the essentials for after the storm," says Paul Spratlin with Home Depot.

Spratlin says a supply list is key--even if it could prove costly. "Pre storm, usually fifty dollars, seventy-five dollars.  If they have to buy a chainsaw stuff like that, 400 dollars," says Spratlin.

But we wanted to find out for ourselves. We loaded up on your basic storm supplies. Our first stop batteries.

Then it was off to purchase several flashlights. "That's a good one. That's a good one to have," says Spratlin.

Tarps can also come in handy for several reasons. "Covering broken windows, fixing leaky roofs," says Spratlin.

So we loaded up on one before making our way to the first aid kits. "These are good for minor injuries, cuts," says Spratlin.

After placing a chainsaw and gas can into the buggy, it was time to make our way to the cash register. "You have a total price of $421.72," said the cashier.

So our bill wasn't exactly cheap, but both EMA director Jim Vaught and Spratlin say don't let that stop you from being ready for bad weather.

"As we say, we like to have 72 hours of supplies on hand," says Vaught.

"The main thing is to have a plan," says Spratlin.

And while you can certainly find a lot of your supplies at area hard ware stores don't forget to visit your local grocery store and stock up on canned foods, bottled water, and even medication. That's because weather experts say its better to be a little too prepared than not prepared at all.

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