You've seen the weather forecasts and read the news about Hurricane Earl, but are you ready for a hurricane? Lots of people go to the grocery store and load up on food and bottled water, but what else do you need if Earl decides to turn our way?

The following is a list of some of the ways to prepare for a hurricane, courtesy of the Ready Virginia emergency preparedness campaign and local utility companies. Even if Earl doesn't hit your area, hurricane season lasts through Nov. 30, so it's best to follow the Boy Scout motto and be prepared. For even more details, go to

Hurricane kit

Make sure you pack the following:

  • Three-day supply of non-perishable food

  • Can opener

  • At least three gallons of water per person

  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio, to listen to weather updates

  • Flashlight with extra batteries

  • Whistle to signal for help

  • Dust mask