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Take early steps now to prepare for Erika and beat the crowds

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - It may not be time to put up the hurricane shutters just yet, but there are simple ways to start preparing for Erika ahead of time, in case South Florida is hit.

Along with having a hurricane kit, FEMA recommends stocking up a three-day supply of food and water.

Nonperishable foods like canned goods, dried fruits, nuts and power bars are best.

Many people could lose power if the storm hits, so foods that don't need to be cooked or warmed up are recommended.

FEMA recommends storing one gallon of water per person in a household for each day. That means a three-day supply for one person would be three gallons of water, which equates to a 24-pack of 16-ounce bottled waters.

It's also a good idea to fill up with fuel now, before lines get too long at area gas stations.

It's best to have a full tank of gas when a large storm hits because it becomes hard to get to gas stations, and many shut down if there are power outages.

Making sure back up generators are ready to go is also a good idea. Anyone with a generator should buy fuel ahead of time and check filters and the water coolant level.

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