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Are you hurricane ready?

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The Emergency Operations Center advises that people leave the Lowcountry in the event of a hurricane and they ask not to come back until power is back on.

However, for the sake of safety you have to be ready to live out the storm if necessary.

The majority of people who spoke with News 2 Saturday said they wait until the last minute to be prepared.

"I do not actually have a hurricane kit at home," said one shopper, admitting he didn't have plans to buy one soon either.

Experts suggest keeping a gallon of water per family member in case of emergency. For some locals that's a no-brainer.

"Water, few canned goods, flashlights and things like that," said another shopper, it's always ready, lived in Charleston a long time.

The Salvation Army suggests, in addition to water: canned and boxed food, minimal prep is mandatory. Gloves, batteries, first aid and hand sanitizer might also come in handy.

"If you really need to you can use it as a wound wash and you can also clean items with it like your silverware or anything else," said Kiki Cooper from the Salvation Army.

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