Residents Get Ready for Winter Onslaught

By: Jessica Dealy Email
By: Jessica Dealy Email

If you live in Minnesota and there is a chance for snow or ice, no one bats an eye. Southerners, however, snap to attention.

"I just came in to buy bread, sandwich meat. Anything that can be cooked in case the power happens to go out," said resident Janet Jones.

Piggly Wiggly management said business increased as people prepared for possibly being snowed or iced in.

Meridian Lowe's manager Bill Sanders said business picked up there, too, as people prepared for the onslaught of wintry weather. Luckily, Lowe's is well stocked on things needed for such weather.

"Whenever we have a weather crisis, whether it be a storm or freeze related crisis we have an emergency command center at Lowe's headquarters," said Sanders. "They gauge the emergency and will send out additional products."

Sanders also says that the most popular items are insulation, batteries, flashlights, and anything that will keep a home warm. Heating your home with alternative sources also comes with a well needed warning.

"A couple of things they want to keep in mind is safety with all this heat. Fire detectors, smoke detectors, and carbon monoxide detectors," said Sanders.

With winter slush in the forecast and extreme temperatures on tap, folks need to finalize their preparations now. However, people have been taking the weather seriously and preparing for days.

"As soon as it came out on the TV station the weather was going to drop, I'd say about two days ago, freeze caps, pipe wraps, stuff just started taking off the shelves," said Sanders.

Both Mississippi and Alabama residents should be prepared for the worst, but hope for the best.

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  • by Danielle Location: MS on Jan 8, 2010 at 09:45 AM
    I agree with Jenny, unlike the other complaining about how "stupid" Mrs.Janet is, Jenny defended her. I am only 17 years old and I understand that people make mistakes. I know I would if they shoved a microphone in my face and unless you are perfect, meaning you think you are God himself ,you need to shut your critical mouths. Now if I have made the wrong assumption and you are perfect then go ahead and cast the stones. God Bless you all.
  • by jenny Location: ms on Jan 8, 2010 at 02:45 AM
    LORD !!!! mybe they should have looked ya'll two up. forgive them lord i guess they have never made a MISTAKE !
  • by Jennifer Location: Meridian on Jan 7, 2010 at 03:48 PM
    I am so glad I'm not the only person that noticed that what that woman said made no sense. It always seems they interview the uneducated and unintelligent.
  • by Laura Location: Meridian on Jan 7, 2010 at 06:32 AM
    Isn't Janet Jones' comment somewhat inane--"to buy bread and sandwich meat---anything that can be cooked if the power goes out."??? This is not Jessica Dealy's mistake---I saw the same so-called interview on WTOK last night, and that is exactly what Janet Jones said.
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