Hurricane Irene's impact, one year ago, is causing people to be on high alert this year. Timmy Sutton of Atlantic Breeze Storm Shutters and Awnings says he is seeing an increase in sales.
"People are a little more anxious now. They want to start covering their windows so they don't have to go back through another Irene or whatever storm this season because you never know when one will hit," said Sutton.
The aluminum shutters can withstand winds up to 250 miles per hour.
"It's easy to raise up so you are ready for sunshine and open your house up. They pull down just as easy and you're prepared for a storm," said Sutton.
It's just as important to make sure everything is running smoothly on the inside. We talked with David Holden of Lowe's in Morehead City. He gave us the run down.
"Make sure batteries are up to date. The flash lights have extra bulbs and batteries. You want a supply of water and a weather radio," said Holden.
The list goes on from glow sticks to high powered generators. You're hurricane kit can be as high tech or creative like the ones we found on Pinterest.com.
"Be sure that you've got all of you're stuff prepared. It's easier to do before hand than the day of," said Holden.
You don't want to be in the mad mob during the hurricane rush.
For the complete list you may copy and paste this website from the American Red Cross.