PLATTSBURGH — As the North Country turns its attention toward the arrival of Hurricane Sandy, people are taking steps to prepare.
“People are most definitely preparing,” said Tony Smith, administrative manager at Lowe’s in Plattsburgh. “We’re selling a lot of flashlights. We’re sold out of generators. Flashlights are selling at a rate of about 10 or 12 times what they normally sell, just in the last few days.”
Cases of bottled water, batteries, and gas cans are also selling briskly, according to Smith. A half empty shelf of gas cans showed how well they have been selling.
Across the parking lot at Price Chopper the story was much the same.
“We have sold more water and batteries than we normally do on a Saturday, but there’s no sense of panic like the last hurricane. Nobody seems to be worried,” store manager Sharon Wood said.
In advance of the storm, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has declared a state of emergency for all counties in the state, in an effort to help mobilize resources to local governments and get ready for response efforts.
In a statement issued by the governor’s office Saturday, New Yorkers are being urged to have a storm emergency kit on hand. According to the statement, the kit should include items such as nonperishable food, water, cash, filled prescriptions, a battery powered radio, first aid kit, supplies for any pets, flashlights and extra batteries.
Checking on elderly neighbors or relatives, or people with special needs is also being stressed. A complete list of emergency preparedness tips as well as updates throughout the storm can be found at www.governor.ny.gov.
Lynn Gilbert, Executive Director of the North Country Chapter of the American Red Cross in Morrisonville is likewise urging North Country residents to build or replenish emergency kits.