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Kentuckiana residents prepare for winter storm conditions

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At Oscar's Hardware on Frankfort Avenue, customers arrived with a checklist to prepare for winter weather. At Oscar's Hardware on Frankfort Avenue, customers arrived with a checklist to prepare for winter weather.
WDRB News editor Erica Combs sent us this picture of the bread aisle at the Walmart in Lagrange on Thursday evening. WDRB News editor Erica Combs sent us this picture of the bread aisle at the Walmart in Lagrange on Thursday evening.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Preparation is key for winter weather events like the one headed for Kentuckiana this weekend.

As the winter storm moves in, people tend to head out to grab important items.

At Oscar's Hardware on Frankfort Avenue, customers arrived with a checklist.

"I'm picking up some rock salt so we can get out of our driveway in the morning. I also went by the grocery store and picked up some milk, some eggs, some bread," said customer Janna Wilson.

Wilson says her commute is short, but she is concerned about the younger drivers in her household, especially if there's going to be ice on the roads.

"Make sure they have warm mittens and that they know where their down coats are and their boots in case they were to have car trouble," Wilson said.

Oscar's employee Ben Williams says as soon as they hear a winter storm is approaching, they go into storage and bring out all the hot items and display them for easy access.

"We have it all in stock all year round in preparation so we bring it out and we're ready too to make everyone else ready," Williams explained.

Williams says the hardware store buys in bulk so they don't have to worry about running out of supplies.

"Today's been the biggest day I'd say for all that stuff. It's been the first real scare I'd say."

He says if the power goes out, they'll stay open. And Oscar's Hardware will consider extending hours if customers need it.

"Winter is usually slower for the normal stuff so when a winter storm does come in, it does help us out quite a bit," said Williams, who is not complaining about the extra work.

Officials urge residents to stay home if they can. But if they need to be on the road, it's important to have all the essentials inside the car. Recommended safety kits include a flashlight, a crank radio and other items like emergency drinking water and a first aid kit.

Wilson says she's learned the hard way about the importance of preparation.

"Better safe than sorry and I've been out and been stuck before and it's not pleasant."

AAA recommends that drivers use the following checklist to prepare for winter weather:

  • Battery and charging system
  • Battery cables and terminals
  • Drive belts
  • Engine  hoses
  • Tire type and tread
  • Tire pressure
  • Air filter
  • Coolant levels
  • Lights
  • Wiper blades
  • Washer fluid
  • Brakes
  • Transmission, brake and power steering fluids
  • Emergency road kit

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