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How residents can prepare for hurricane season

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

It's June first, the official start of hurricane season. While things may be calm in the Gulf right now, the folks at Home Depot say it's never too early to prepare for storm

It's that time of year again when at any moment, people across South Louisiana might need things like batteries, flashlights and storm radios.

"It's just a matter of when down here. We've been lucky over the past couple of years since Gustav. Hopefully we don't have one, but a lot of this stuff like the batteries, the weather radio---is really big if you lose power," said William Luedkeman with the Home Depot on Coursey Boulevard.

A few Baton Rouge residents are not wasting any time stocking up on things they would need if a storm hit.

"If you don't have the proper preparedness, when you get a hurricane coming in then forget it...you're at the mercy of nature. I want to be in control and not be at the mercy of nature and have some control over it," said Warren Gray.

Luedkeman says more people should need to start thinking like this---and soon.

"When a storm comes in our direction, things tend to go pretty quick," said Luedkeman. "We do constantly get shipments in, but you don't want to have to wait in line to get these things. It's just a smart preparedness to go ahead and start buying a little bit at a time."

Luedkeman says while people are stocking up on batteries, ply wood and first aid kits, it's important to buy plenty of water too. He says if a hurricane knocks out the power, it will be important to keep everyone hydrated in the heat.

On July 27, Home Depot stores in coastal stores from Maine to Texas will host hurricane preparedness workshops. For more information on how you can take one of the classes, click here.

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