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Readying your Hurricane Preparedness Kit

Posted: 9:25 AM, Jun 01, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-01 14:16:03Z

With the beginning of June comes the start of Hurricane Season.  And you will need supplies in case a storm comes to Southwest Florida.  But stocking up can cost a lot of money, so we set out to find the best options for your budget.

When prepping for Hurricane Season, there's a ton of information about what you should get and where to get it.

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Disaster preparedness expert Jim Cobb showed us what he considered to be a well-stocked emergency kit.

On Amazon, the kit costs between $99 and $299 before taxes and shipping are added on.  But we wanted to know if we could get the same supplies for less money.

At Gavin Ace's Hardware Store in Cape Coral, store manager Ed Swartly says that he's anticipating a big crowd once news of a storm hits.  "They usually wait 'til the last minute, and then we have lines out the door."

It wasn't too busy when we stopped by the store in late May.  Ed had his own list and took us around the store to help stock up. Ed pointed out a few things that don’t immediately come to mind when you start preparing for a hurricane.

“Shutter hardware, for instance, to make sure you have all your hardware to put your shutters up."

And a few other things when you're in a pinch, like duct tape.  "Duct tape can fix just about anything.”

The list of needs for a hurricane kit is a long one, with most of those needs having to deal with the possibility of a power outage, like flashlights and batteries.

The total for our Ace Hardware stop was $265.56, which is only a bit cheaper than the hurricane kit we found online .  But there's a catch; not everything we bought is in the kit that's online, and vice versa.

While the online kit is great if you have to get up and go, the things on Ed's list are good for staying put and securing your home.

But Ed says no matter where you buy your supplies, the most important thing is to buy everything early . "If you wait till the last minute, shelves are gonna be bare and you're gonna have to wait in long, long lines."

 

NOTE: The information included in this article was obtained independently by Scripps reporters. While purchases from links inserted in this article may result in a commission for Scripps, no Scripps reporter benefitted from that commission

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HURRICANE TERMS TO KNOW

Tropical Storm WATCH: An announcement that tropical storm conditions (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph) are possible within the specified coastal area within 48 hours.

Tropical Storm WARNING: An announcement that tropical storm conditions (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph) are expected within the specified coastal area within 36 hours.

Hurricane WATCH: An announcement that hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or higher) are possible somewhere within the specified coastal area. A hurricane watch is issued 48 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds.

Hurricane WARNING: An announcement that hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or higher) are expected somewhere within the specified coastal area. A hurricane warning is issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds.