Surviving hurricane season is about preparation, and the Red Cross says the earlier the better. The first step is asking yourself a very important question.
Chris Floyd, Emergency Services Director for the Red Cross, says, "Are you going to stay at home and ride the storm out or are you evacuating? And then the next very important initiative is going to be developing a kit based on that decision."
Floyd says an evacuation kit should be modeled after a camping trip, bringing sleeping bags, pillows sheets, toiletries, and medication to the shelters.
For those riding the storm out at home, Floyd says to include bottled water, non-perishable food, flashlights, and a phone that plugs into the wall.
Chris Floyd says, "Move forward now in putting your kit together so that when the storm is heading our way you're not at the last minute having to run to the grocery, having to run to the hardware store to purchase what you need, and everybody else at that same store trying to purchase the same items."
The sales manager at Lowe's agrees, saying right now the store is well stocked, but when a storm is coming supplies run out fast.
Sam Weissel, Sales Manager for Lowe's, says, "Last year we had quite a few people that came in, and we do what we can, but generators, water, flashlights all of the storm supplies go very quickly when the storms are just off the coast."
Waiting until then may leave your family without the adequate supplies to weather the storm. Red Cross officials say plan to be on your own for three to seven days because the government may not be able to respond in just hours; it may take days.