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Prepare Now Before The Storm

Texoma stores are swarming with people trying to stock up before the storm. Newschannel 6 Lindsey Rogers found out many Wichita Falls residents aren't taking any chances.

Just in case there are people who get stranded, the American Red Cross is also prepared to provide their services if needed.

The Wal Mart on Lawrence Road in Wichita Falls was packed Monday afternoon.  Many people were stocking up on supplies and groceries.

"You're not supposed to get out tomorrow so, we might as well do it today," Ed Henderson said.

"I got salt and de-icer for the windshield but if it's icy I won't need de-icer because I can't drive anywhere on the ice," Gail Austin said.

The American Red Cross of North Central Texas is urging people to be prepared for the worst case scenario.

"Make sure you have batteries for flashlights, put gas in your car, make sure you have staple groceries so you don't have to get out. You might also think of foods that don't need to be refrigerated or cooked," Katrina Farmer said.

Farmer is the executive director and hopes if things do get as bad as the Christmas Blizzard of '09, less people will be out traveling since it's not a holiday.

The Red Cross will only open shelters if there are enough people in need, but they are ready if that need arises.

"We have cots and blankets at our shelter locations across our 16 counties. This morning we called to make sure we have people to man those operations and all volunteers on standby," Farmer said.

If you're power does go out, never try to heat your home with a gas stove or candles and if you have a generator never put it inside your home or even in an attached garage.

Because of the fumes, it is best if kept outside.

Lindsey Rogers, Newschannel 6

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