Annual Hurricane Preparedness Event at Panama City Mall

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The American Red Cross hosted the annual Hurricane Preparedness Event at the Panama City Mall, Saturday, to kick off the start of hurricane season.

The American Red Cross and about other businesses and disaster response teams, including our very own News Channel 7 Meteorologists, set up tables around the mall.

They were there to help educate shoppers about the importance of preparing for storms before they hit.

Attendees learned tips about evacuation, saw what their hurricane kit should contain, and found out what post-storm clean up could be like should our area get damaged by a storm.

Officials urge all residents to be prepared before a storm hits including putting together a hurricane kit with the following items:

•Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
•Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
•Weather Radio
•Flashlight and extra batteries
•First aid kit
•Whistle to signal for help
•Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
•Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
•Manual can opener for food
•Local maps
•Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
•Baby supplies
•Pet supplies

Hurricane season lasts until November 30th.