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Experts Urge Residents to Get Hurricane Survival Kits Ready

Ellie Montalbo weathered the effects of Hurricane Iniki Ellie Montalbo weathered the effects of Hurricane Iniki
KHNL News 8 reporter Minna Sugimoto shops for hurricane kits items with City Mill's Frank Suster. KHNL News 8 reporter Minna Sugimoto shops for hurricane kits items with City Mill's Frank Suster.

by Minna Sugimoto

(KHNL) -- It's crucial that you get a hurricane survival kit together just in case.

If a storm system approaches, you'll want a full tank of gas in your car. But this, of course, is just the beginning.

Ellie Montalbo is at City Mill because she wants to re-decorate her daughter's room. She walks past a hurricane preparedness display because she already has disaster supplies at home.

"I'd say I have a lot of things," she said. "But it's not put together in a bag or so to take with us."

The former Kauai resident learned the hard way when Hurricane Iniki hit in 1992.

"We found that, when we lived on Kauai, we were 45 days without water," Montalbo said. "And so that was a real strain on us that we were not prepared for."

Frank Suster has been working at City Mill for 37 years.

"They wait till the last minute," he said, referring to customers and disaster preparedness.

Suster says we should have water, non-perishable food, and supplies to deal with flooding, wind damage and power outages.

"If the power's out, you can't cook. So it's a good idea to have, if you have a hibachi, buy charcoal," he said. "Or if you have the type that runs on propane, make sure you stock up on propane."

So Suster and this reporter grab a cart and stock up. We get a flashlight and batteries, a first-aid kit, duct tape, trash bags, rubber boots and some rope.

By the time we get to the cashier, we also have a grill, propane and some charcoal. Our total for these basic supplies is $137.45.

Montalbo, a hurricane survivor, says it's a small price to pay.

"It was a very long stretch. Forty-five days without water is a long time," she said.

Another thing to keep in mind is it may be difficult to get cash once the power is out. As we all continue to monitor Daniel this week, it wouldn't hurt to stop by an ATM and get some money.

Also, have a portable radio on hand.

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