Be prepared for the worst, and hope for the best. That's the motto most stores in the area are encouraging consumers to live by during hurricane season.
Many supplies are available now, but store employees say when a hurricane is spotted, the supplies won't last long. Home Depot Tool Tech employee Ed Harrison said, "You need to start now. Supplies get low if get now everyone by at once, the store suppliers only stocking overhead."
Emergency kits during hurricanes should consist of a minimum of batteries, flashlights, water, medicine, first aid kit, and extra pet food, but one item not everyone considers buying, could make weathering the storm much easier.
Home Depot Tool Rental Dept. Head Timothy Brannon said, “With generators you'll be able to run refrigerators, fans, lights, be able to function on your day to day things."
Generators are for sale and for rent. Employees say Power outages in Alabama usually last around two to three days and say renting a generator is usually sufficient, however they are rented on a first come first serve basis.
Brannon said, "They go quickly, but we do have a supply house that will get them to us if a hurricane hits the area."
Preparation for a storm should not only consist of supplies to weather the storm, but also supplies to help with recovery efforts afterward like fire extinguishers, cleaning supplies, chain saws, and shovels.