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Hurricane Preparedness Tips

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Do you know what to put in a hurricane kit? Or what's the biggest mistake folks make when it comes to generators?

Experts are holding a workshop this weekend, but first Michael Phillips of Home Depot offered up a few tips.

"As you are preparing for a hurricane you want to cover up your doors or some of your doors. Cover up sliding glass doors, windows, stuff like that. What I recommend is you use some half inch plywood sheeting. Just cut it to whatever size you need, slightly larger than the actual frame of the window because what you are going to be doing is drilling into the 2x4's around it, not into the window framing."

"I would say probably the biggest mistake is just not having the tool maintained. If you leave gas in it for too long its not going to function properly. If the chain is not properly tightened it can fly off. If its too loose, if its too tight it will burn up the chain itself and the motor."

"The important thing about weather radios is that number one, you have one. Most people do not actually, and once you have it actually, make sure it is charged."

"The reason I have a generator is if the power goes out whether it's a hurricane or not, you've always got access to it. You decide what you want to run ahead of tie and then you can find out the wattage. It will be listed on every appliance. It will show how much wattage it uses. Then you add all that together. Once you have a total of wattage then you look for a generator that will be just about double the wattage."

"I recommend a lantern, at least one lantern and 2-3 normal flashlights. Its something you want to check every 6 months, like your smoke detector. Check it, make sure the batteries are still working. After a  year I'd say get rid of those batteries and put in new batteries."

"Just a kit can be about the size of a medium moving box and you'll be surprised how much you can actually put in it. You just take it, put it in your garage, put it up in the attic, let it sit. Check it out every year. If you never need it, fantastic. If you do. Its there."

For a lot more free tips about storm readiness, just head out to your local Home Depot Saturday.

They are holding a hurricane preparedness workshop from 10 to 1130am.

Stores in Savannah, Pooler, and Hilton Head are all taking part.

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