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Preparing a hurricane survival kit

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MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) – From hospitals to homes, one thing every person needs as the Lowcountry heads into the heart of hurricane season is a survival kit.

From first aid kits for any minor injuries to paper towels for any clean up to generators for plenty of electrical power, Todd Friddle at Lowe's Home Improvement talks to a lot of people about the supplies they need.

"You need to make sure you've got water. We stock water ready to go, generators to make sure you have electricity – you don't want to worry about that. But we have a lot of older people that have medicine that must be kept cold," he said.

They also have a large variety of batteries and flashlights.

"We've got personal flashlights – these are an excellent item to just light up a room. And you'll definitely need those batteries," Friddle said.

Friddle says rope is one item many people don't think about, but it comes in handy if storm victims have to protect a damaged roof or tie down patio furniture.

A lot of people also buy generators for their homes.

"The big thing is to make sure you keep fresh gas in it. If you run it, I personally like to run mine empty," Friddle said. "Run it until it's empty. That way you don't have to worry about the ethanol gas problems we have today."

He says new models also have automatic shutoffs that will prevent owners from blowing up the motor if the oil in the generator is low.

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