Shoppers load up on supplies ahead of latest winter storm
"It is so important, because there may be periods of time where you simply can't leave your home, that your electrical power may be out and you need to prepare to take care of yourself and your family," said volunteer John Jarrard.
Generators and kerosene heaters are the popular items at Lowe's.
KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Nobody knows more about disasters than the Red Cross and for longtime volunteer John Jarrard he says the key to weathering the worst storms is preparation.
"It is so important, because there may be periods of time where you simply can't leave your home, that your electrical power may be out and you need to prepare to take care of yourself and your family," said Jarrard.
The Red Cross says you should make an emergency kit with these items:
At least a three-day supply of water with enough for one gallon per person per day.
Non-perishable food like canned fruits and vegetables.
A flashlight and a battery-powered NOAA weather radio.
A first aid kit and a seven-day supply of medications and medical items.
At least a seven-day supply of items for babies and pets.
"It's my experience that the people who are prepared to take care of themselves wind up being much more comfortable and safe during these kinds of situations," said Jarrard.
Thursday morning, people at Lowe's people were already getting a jumpstart on their lists. Most shoppers had one main thing in mind: keeping warm if the power goes out.
"Most of our kerosene heaters, we've already exhausted all of those, but we do have shipments of those coming in regularly," said Lowes Assistant Manager Jimmy Boles.
Generators have been another popular item and while the shelves may look bare, they say they have plenty in stock and several more at their other locations.
If you don't get a chance to pick up your supplies, managers say their store will remain open no matter what the storm brings.
"We will still operate as we would any other business day, so we will be here for them in the event that something does happen," said Boles.
The best bet, though, is to get in early in case supplies run out.
The Red Cross is planning to open several shelters for anyone who needs them. For more information you can contact them at 865-584-2999.