Tracking the Tropics
WSVN -- South Floridians know being prepared for a storm means having the right tools to deal with every emergency.
Jorge Gonzalez: "Get equipped with batteries. The most important thing batteries."
When the power goes out, you'll need a good supply of double A, triple A, C and D batteries to power flashlights lanterns and fans.
When it comes to protecting your home, having the right tools is critical. Whether you're putting up plywood or aluminum shutters, you'll need tools like tapcon, screws and wing nuts plus wing nut drivers and drills to put it all in place.
You should also pick up a couple of tarps in case your roof gets damaged. And bungee cords to hold the tarps down.
Andy Rodriguez: "The best rule of thumb is to get the one that will cover the whole entire house, your roof, but if you can get something at least a portion of it to keep you dry in case you have some roof damage."
Belkys Nerey: "Flooding and wind driven rain can soak your house during a storm. These cob socks are a perfect solution. They absorb water and fit easily in front of doors or along your windows where rain can seep in."
After the storm, comes the cleanup. You should have a pair of heavy duty gloves sturdy trash bags and even a chains.
If you have a gas grill make sure your tank is full. You can also buy inexpensive charcoal grills or portable gas stoves to make sure your family has hot meals.
Andy Rodriguez: "You're always going to use them again so it's not like you're going to waste or lose any of the stuff that you purchase."
Now is the time to take stock, see what you need and get your supplies organized before the wind starts to blow.
Jorge Gonzalez: "Get batteries and coolers, buy some ice and get prepared people."