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Keeping an Eye on Irene

REGION, Mass. (WGGB) — Hurricane preparations are underway. People are heading to local hardware stores to stock up to keep themselves and their homes safe from hurricane Irene.

FEMA and MEMA recommend you pick up what you need before it’s too late.

They say you should create an emergency supply kit including things like:

- Water, at least a gallon per person for at least three days

- Non-perishable food

- Battery powered or hand crank radio

- Flashlight and extra batteries

- Cell phones with chargers

Both organizations are also urging people to protect their homes and yards.

- Trim back trees and shrubs

- Clear clogged rain gutters

- Bring in outdoor items

- Securely anchor outside buildings

- Elevate items in your basement

Thursday afternoon people were stopping into Lowes on Boston Rd. in Springfield to stock up.

“It’s been pretty crazy once the news hit we started to get a lot more traffic into the store and seeing a lot go need for generators essential basic supplies,” said Emily Resler, Lowes.

You can find out find out how to prepare your home by checking out Lowes’ website.

They have a whole section dedicated to hurricane preparations:

http://global.syndeca.com/lowes/hurricane/preparedness-guide-2011/

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