Last minute get ready steps; local grocery stores swamped

As the storm makes his way closer to east Texas, there are things you should be doing to prepare. Many people are stocking up on food and water. KLTV 7's Molly Reuter was at Super One Foods in Tyler this afternoon as many people are getting off work and heading for the grocery stores.

"It's kind of contagious, like I said I didn't intend to buy all of this, but I thought everybody else is kind of getting ready, so I better get ready too," said Bill Brown, a Tyler shopper.

The stores this afternoon looked like the day before Thanksgiving.

"It's a lot of people, but I think it will get worse," said Joyce Keller.

But shoppers aren't stocking up on turkey and stuffing, They're buying water, bread, chips - anything that doesn't need electricity to cook.

"I'm just getting a few things, a few nonperishable things to have in case the power goes out," said Kathleen Hammers.

These shoppers deserve a pat on the back.

September is actually "National Preparedness Month" and the American Red Cross says there are three actions you should take to be prepared in emergencies.

First - get a kit.

"That's putting in your water, your non-perishable foods, phone numbers, emergency numbers...flashlight and extra batteries," said Pat Shannon with the American Red Cross.

Second - make a plan.

"That's contact your family, tell your family where to meet in case something happens," said Shannon.

And three - be informed.

Watch KLTV 7 for any updates and keep a battery powered radio handy.

The Red Cross also says to clean up your yards.

"If you're like a lot of East Texans you have hanging plants, so make sure you take those down, or put them inside because those become lethal weapons when they are blowing around," said Shannon.

These east Texans say it's better to be safe than sorry.

"I probably won't need any of this stuff, but it's still fun," said Brown.

And if you do head out to the grocery stores tonight - bring your patience. Brookshire's actually hired a security guard to manage the crowds at their stores.

Pet owners should make sure they have their collar, leash and tags along with food and water for their animal. Don't forget their medication.

Molly Reuter, reporting.