Reporter: Heather Rosenbaum | Videographer: Jonathan Merryman
Danville, VA -- As last week's storm is behind us, it is important to be prepared for the next time a disaster happens.
"People should constantly be thinking about being prepared, as in being prepared for any emergency," said Dr. Laura Gateley, Director of Health Department.
So we have you covered on what you need and what you need to know before the next big disaster. Lowe's recommends a generator in case a storm leaves you in the dark.
"The best way to have a peace of mind 24/7 of course," said Jason Doak, Assistant Store Manager of Danville Lowe's.
But it may not be in everyone's budget. So, be prepared without breaking the bank by having batteries, gas cans, and flashlights ready to go.
"Batteries for your fan, batteries for your flashlight, you really go for the bare necessity," said Doak.
The Lowe's shelves were once filled with generators but Lowe's says just the next day they were sold out. So they recommend the best thing to do is be prepared now for the next storm.
"We are able to get them if we need to but that's the main thing, have them now," said Doak.
Other necessities include a gas heat source for the winter. And always have water. The Danville-Pittsylvania County Health Department suggests at least 3 gallons of water per person per day on hand. Plus, have some food stocked up.
"That would be canned or water-proof packaged dry foods," said Gateley.
And before your lose all of the food in your fridge, when you know a storm is headed your way, the Health Department says dry ice can keep your food for up to 2 days.
"It's easy to know how long it would last because dry ice evaporates once the ice was gone. Then you would have to go for your 6 hours again," said Gateley.
Finally, make sure you have a plan that everyone in your family knows, and a kit that everyone knows where to find.
"They need to have a plan if the power is out, what do I do? If this road from my house floods, how do I get out?" said Gateley.
It is also important to have a list of your medications on hand in case you have to leave quickly. If you want more information go to http://www.vdh.state.va.us/