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Winter Storm Brings in Weather Preparedness Week

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Sunday was the first day of National Severe Weather Preparedness Week and officials said it's never too early to start getting ready for the next big storm.

On Sunday afternoon, the Kroger on Emily Drive was busy with people like Kim Arrington, who was getting ready to hunker down for the storm.

"It is very crowded and people seem to be in a rush. Most of the time, people are a little bit more patient or kind of have their manners and stuff, but today everyone seems kind of almost in a panic just trying to get in and get out," Arrington said.

Lowe's was very much the same. Employees said they've seen a rush as well. Shelves that held generators stood empty, as they and other supplies have flown off store shelves over the last weekend.

"Just in the last two days, we've sold thirteen generators. People are running in scared. One poor gentleman, his generator blew up this morning, so he had to have one," said Lowe's employee Bill Kiley.

Situations like this are why area officials are encouraging people to start preparing now to be ready for the future.

"Preparedness is not a sprint, it's a marathon. You just continuously add to it. You work on it as money permits, you work on it as time permits, and you just keep adding to those things. When you wait until a disaster is about to strike, it's really too late to be prepared," said Shaunda Rauch, Bridgeport emergency services director.

That's something Arrington and her family already took to heart, and said she was picking up just what she needed to fill in some gaps.

"All winter long, I've just kind of had the idea that there's going to be storms and a lot of snow and stuff, so we've always kind of had that in the back of our heads, but this last week about the middle of the week, I started hearing rumors about it, so kind of getting that in our heads and making sure we had what we needed," Arrington said.

Rauch said when keeping that in mind, it's also important for people to have a way to stay in touch with the community and emergency personnel.

"People need to stay informed, they need to know what risks might be affecting the area. So it's important that they have a NOAA weather radio, an AM/FM radio, a TV, some way to stay connected to the community to know what threats exist," Rauch said.