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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Hardware and grocery stores stocked for winter weather

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  • Donna Williams, manager at White’s Ace Building Center, may run out of tube sand, but said the rest of the winter weather gear, including deicer, should stay stocked for the duration of the ice and snow expected throughout the next few days.
    “We were kind of watching this so we made sure we had plenty of items in stock,” she said.
    Williams said they have sold a lot of ice scrappers, deicer, tube sand and other winter weather materials.
    “We’ve sold a lot of anything to do with winter,” she said.
    Among those items were things people could use if they lost electricity, she said, including heat lamps and emergency flash lights.
    “We’ve even sold oil lamps and oil,” she said.
    Frank Oliver, owner of Hardesty Grocery, said the store is doing really good as of now.
    “We’ve sold a bunch of stuff,” he said.
    Oliver said lots of people have been stocking up for the storm so he’s been selling a lot of product, but has plenty more on the shelves. He said he might start running out of things in the next three to four days but said he thinks he has enough to last through the storm.
    Josh Frentz, employee at Braum’s on Harrison, said they still have items on their shelves.
    The Red Cross gives tips for winter storm preparation including:
    • Winterize your vehicle and keep the gas tank full. A full tank will keep the fuel line from freezing.
    • Insulate your home by installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic from the inside to keep cold air out.
    • Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected every year.
    • If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.
    The Red Cross also put together a list for items needed in a supply kit during winter weather. Those items include:
    • Water—at least a 3-day supply; one gallon per person per day
    • Food—at least a 3-day supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food
    • Flashlight
    • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
    • Extra batteries
    • First aid kit
    • Medications (7-day supply) and medical items (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc.)
    • Multi-purpose tool
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    • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
    • Cell phone with chargers
    • Family and emergency contact information
    • Extra cash
    • Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
    • Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
    • Tools/supplies for securing your home
    • Sand, rock salt or non-clumping kitty litter to make walkways and steps less slippery
    • Warm coats, gloves or mittens, hats, boots and extra blankets and warm clothing for all household members
    • Ample alternate heating methods such as fireplaces or wood- or coal-burning stoves
     
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