Tim Dickens, left, piled sandbags in front of the door as landlady Mary Jane Lane, right, watched in Carolina Beach, N.C., Thursday. (AP)
Atlanta - Hurricane Season typically hits its peak this time of year. There are a few things homeowners can do now to save themselves a lot of money later.
Experts say 59 percent of U.S homeowners don't have sufficient homeowner's insurance. As building costs go up, consider updating your policy. Flood insurance is another option to consider even if you don't live in an area prone to flooding. A calculator at Floodsmart.gov will help you estimate your premiums.
Stock up on water, batteries and non perishable foods when you see them on sale, not when everyone else is crowding stores right before a storm.
And while portable generators can be expensive, consider buying a relatively in expensive power inverter, which supplies power to your home using your car's battery.
Inverters start at around $20, which is sufficient to charge cell phones and laptops during a power outage.