Preparing for winter weather ahead of the storm


Reporter- Briana Conner
Photographer- Justin Jones

PADUCAH, Ky.— Because of the warnings, a lot of people have spent the past couple of days putting together emergency plans. It's important to know how you'll stay warm and fed in case the power goes out, or if you can't leave the house for a while.

There's plenty of action in the front section of Lowes, where people can pick up most winter weather necessities. "It's been a massive influx of people coming in and getting items to prepare for this," said assistant manager Tony Freeman. People like Adres Middleton are planning ahead. He said, "I tried to get a few things done around the house as far as putting a little salt down." 

Though there's plenty of Ice Melt, shovels, and gloves, Freeman said some supplies are scarce. "Generators... the last couple of days we have completely sold out, and we're running low on the kerosene heaters." Those are a few of the obvious buys, but you also want to remember the small things. If you have any prescriptions that you take on a regular basis, make sure those are filled. Fill up your tank as well. You can also charge your phone with a car charger that way if the power goes out.

"You never know when you're gonna have to sustain yourself for a couple days," said Andrea Underwood with Paducah Power. If lines go down, she said people should have a way to stay safe. "We're gonna try our best to get to you as quickly as possible, but you need to be able to take care of yourself." That's advice for a community hoping for the best, while preparing for the worst. "I think it's gonna skip us. I have no worries," said Heather Morrow.

It's also a good idea to have cash on hand, and make sure there are fresh batteries in your carbon monoxide monitor in case you have to use natural gas heaters inside.

Paducah's engineering-Public Works Department already has the snow plows and salt trucks ready to go. Wednesday morning, the City's Police and Fire Chiefs listened to the weather briefing by the National Weather Service. Both departments have additional staffing on standby.

Don't forget that the City, United Way, and Salvation Army have worked with churches to coordinate warming centers for December through March.  For this month, Grace Episcopal Church located at 820 Broadway will be available for folks at night when the temperatures drops to 32 degrees or below.