EYE ON THE GULF: Groceries stock up ahead of Harvey landfall

Grocery stores in southeast Texas are restocking shelves as fast as they're emptying ahead of Harvey's landfall.

With the big storm expected up and down the Texas Gulf Coast, food retailers are giving an update on the availability of supplies this morning.

According to Kroger, 78 truckloads of its branded water are being released from the company's warehouse in Dallas. The grocer also said other beverage vendors are sending truckloads of their own branded water to stores.

Additional trucks filled with baby wipes, batteries, charcoal, candles, diapers, first aid kits, styrofoam coolers, canned goods and other food are shipping to stores on the projected path.



A spokesperson with H-E-B said its shelves have "ample" amounts of water and bread, as well as flashlights, candles and batteries.

While H-E-B said it is fully stocked, the retailer is encouraging customers to come early to stock up.

Randall's said it is working closely with its suppliers and vendors. Like Kroger, the grocery chain is receiving items from its sister distribution center in Dallas, and its stores are set up to receive loads daily.

On Thursday, hardware stores are full of customers reaching for everything from grill supplies to home protection.

"We were out of power for a week when Ike hit, so we barbequed for a whole week. It looks like we may be doing that again," George Puskas said.

"We're getting plywood out there, want to cover up the windows, flash lights, generators a lot of people want to be double prepared," added Home Depot sales associate Christine Reyna.

Some drivers reported driving into four to five gas stations before finding a place to fill up. One driver said he waited for thirty minutes to fill up.

"My wife and I joke about it because every time they say it's going to be really big, it usually goes in another direction. But I'm going to take the extra precautions in case because I don't want to be stuck," said Jamaal Crawford.

In case you are unsure of what to buy, here are the items you need to include in an emergency supply kit:
  • Water: One gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation

  • Food: At least a three-day supply of non-perishable food

  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both

  • Flashlight and extra batteries

  • First aid kit

  • Medications

  • Whistle to signal for help

  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place

  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation

  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities

  • Manual can opener for food

  • Local maps

  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger

  • Pet food, leashes, crates, medications

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