HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) - North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue urges residents to get ready for Irene and get a hurricane kit together.
People in Hampton Roads are doing the same. 10 On Your Side went out to a local dollar store to see if it was possible to make a basic hurricane kit for less than $20.
Judea Johnson is an employee in the store and says a lot of people had the same idea.
"They're like 'do y'all have any water we can buy and I say 'yes a gallon for a dollar'," said Johnson.
The Virginia Department Of Emergency Management says to stock kits with radios, flashlights and don't forget those batteries. But you may have to shop around for those batteries.
"All the batteries that go to the big flashlights. We don't have anymore. We sold out," added Johnson.
And remember to use what you already have, like toothbrushes and other personal items.
You can also buy airtight freezer bags to store important documents, cell phones and laptops.
And the grand total - $18.20.
There are even cheaper solutions for big ticket items, like generators.
At a hardware store 10 On Your Side went to we found a generator that can run off your car battery.
"It's not going to give you enough to run your refrigerator, but it could run radio stations so you could keep up with it and hear it even if you have no power," said a store employee.
At $200 it's also more affordable than higher power generators, which cost $600.
But the cheapest option of them all, a $15 flashlight with five lighting features.
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