(WSVN) - As Tropical Storm Ian forms in the tropics, preparations should begin for those in South Florida.

The system is predicted to be near Florida next week, and experts offered tips on what you might need for the rough winds set to come.

Here is a list of items the National Hurricane Center suggests people should stock up on for the storm:

  • Ice
  • Water (one gallon per person, per day)
  • Bread
  • Medication
  • Non-perishable foods filled with protein

Regarding house preparations, securing those windows with marine-grade or pressure-treated plywood is best.

If a house has shutters, make sure to test them and grease them so they function properly.

Those who have aluminum panels would also need to make sure they have the tools to put those up.

Residents have also been advised to purchase generators and flashlights in case of a power outage.

On Friday, Argeo Tamayo, a store manager at a Home Depot in Hollywood, was bringing down generators from the store’s top shelves, just in case.

“I’m thinking about Sunday. Sunday we’ll start seeing movement, depending on how the storm shifts,” he said.

Several shoppers said they agree with Tamayo but spent the afternoon gathering essentials ahead of the crowds.

“[I] have extra water. I have sandbags, in case there’s flooding,” said Patricia Keefrey.

Residents who have encountered hurricanes before said they are not taking anything lightly. “Take it very seriously, very seriously,” said Tucker Verret. “I’ve seen the water rise. I’ve seen the wind take trees out and left them laying on top of roofs.”

Homeowners are also being told to have tarps handy in the event of any damage to their homes.

Sandbags will be available as soon as local leaders have them ready for the community to collect.

Despite officials sharing preparation tips for the possible upcoming storm, the NHC is urging residents not to panic.

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