Hurricane Irene: 7 Things To Protect Yourself

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A normally active person needs at least one-half gallon of water daily just for drinking, but sometimes children, nursing mothers, the sick and people in hot temperatures may require more, according to FEMA.

Rochman also said you should have covered foods and about a month's supply of medication. You should also prepare traditional and special batteries for products like cell phones.

"If you're going to get a generator make sure you know how to use it," Rochman said. "Never set it up in a garage or inside because they're gasoline powered."

7. Shelter Considerations: Pets

Rochman said that during Hurricane Katrina, there were some people who did not evacuate as recommended because they had pets, or they did not know what to do with their pets.

"If you're going to evacuate and you have pets, be sure you go where pets will be accepted," she said. "There are more hotels in storm prone areas where pets are accepted."

"You want to get rid of whatever excuse people have for staying so people evacuate," Rochman said.

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