Locals share tips to save money on supplies for National Preparedness Month

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BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Many locals will tell you you'll never want to experience a natural disaster like Hurricane Michael.

Locals talk about ways to save on supplies to prepare for a natural disaster. (WJHG/WECP)

"Not at all, no. I was completely unprepared," said Franklin County Resident Whitney Kent.

"One of the most terrifying experiences in my life," said Panama City Resident Christina Ezzell.

But natural disasters are also experiences you should be ready for. Kent didn't prepare for Hurricane Michael and had trouble finding things like gas and tire plugs after the storm hit.

"The next day when we were trying to get out of Panama City, that night I had three nails in my tire from all the wood being everywhere," said Kent.

Since then, Kent said she sets some money aside to prepare for potential disasters like Hurricane Dorian. Kent said she and her family stock up on supplies throughout the year to save money.

"I've got five cases of water, battery packs, batteries, gas in both vehicles. We're ready to do what we got to do now," said Kent.

Kent said most of the supplies can be added to your weekly or monthly shopping list so you'll always have them on hand.

Ezzell said she was also unprepared when Michael hit last year. She said you should also invest in a grill, a generator, fans, and other items right now while you have the time.

"When something is starting to come you'll have that ready. Specifically for an emergency," said Ezzell.

Many locals say you should also look for coupons or deals on flashlights, batteries, and other necessities so you can save money and have those supplies at the ready, should you need them.

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