The 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season predictions have been released - and the WIS First Alert weather team wants you to be weather ready ahead of the storm.
Being prepared for a hurricane is just as important as knowing the forecast.
National research shows that 85 percent of Americans are not ready for an emergency. Nearly half of Americans do not even have emergency supplies.
So, what can you do now to get ahead of the storm and prepare just in case it does hit close to the Midlands? Meteorologists say one of the most important things you can do to be ready is to have a hurricane preparedness kit.
The National Hurricane Center says water is one of the most important necessities in a hurricane preparedness kit. Officials say you'll want to store at least a gallon of water a day for each person in your household for each day that you anticipate you will need it.
You will also need to have about 3 to 7 days worth of non-perishable, pre-packaged, can food as well as a first aid kit and toiletries. Make sure you are stocked with flashlights, batteries, and a battery operated the radio in case your power goes out. You'll want to also grab any prescriptions you may need along with food and items for your pets, babies, or elderly relative or friend.
Preparing your car is another important step. Make sure your car has a full tank of gas in case there is a need to evacuate.
You should stock your home with supplies that may be needed during the emergency period. At a minimum, these supplies should include:
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