A tree uprooted in downtown Little Rock following the Christmas Day snow and ice storm. (Photo: Daniel Wilkerson, KTHV - Dec. 26, 2012)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - With all this winter weather around the corner, Arkansans are already stocking up on supplies. But could there be a few things you are forgetting?
When Arkansans hear the word 'ice', Fuller and Son Hardware becomes a pretty popular place.
"Gloves, matches, batteries, heaters. Today we've sold quite a bit of it. There is a college here in town that came in and purchased quite a bit," says Manager Jim White.
Year after year, every winter storm watch brings a flood of cautious customers.
"When there is a prediction of bad weather, yeah we sell snow shovels, ice melt, batteries, heaters anything people will need if the power goes out or if they need to get out of their house," said White.
While gas and firewood may be no brainers, there are other things you can easily forget.
That is why the Department of Emergency Management prepared a basic supply checklist. Make sure you have one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days for drinking and sanitation. Also, keep matches in a waterproof container along with emergency candles and a change of clothing. Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records should also be readily available.
Just a few things to keep you prepared for the worst even if the worst never comes.
"You're still going to have the people that are betting on the come and they're going to bet it's not going to happen so we'll see them at the last minute," said White.