Oahu residents stock up on water, non-perishables ahead of storm

Published  10:59 PM HST Jul 28, 2013
Disaster supplies
HONOLULU -

On Oahu many people were flocking to the store to gather up emergency supplies. Hot on the list were non-perishable items especially water bottles and canned goods. People are stocking up with supplies for Tropical Storm Flossie. The storm could leave people in the dark bringing strong winds and heavy rain cutting off power and potentially keeping people trapped in their homes due to flooding.

"You never can tell. You have to be prepared. At least they are warning the public now," said shopper Elaine Kutzen.

"I still have about eight bottles but I thought maybe I need some more," said  shopper Joanne Takahashi.

The emergency department says residents should at least have flashlights, spare batteries and a seven-day supply of food and water on hand at all times. Aware of the potential danger, many people were gathering as many non-perishables as they could today.

"I got my water, I got my crackers, which is important. You don't have to cook it on the stove, warm it up, dry, and I have my peanut butter at home. I usually have kaki mochi all dry," said Mililani resident Alive Panui.

Propane is also something that stores are constantly restocking. Yesterday people were filling up with propane at the City Mill in Kaimuki. This morning that store ran out of propane just an hour after opening and after a refill by mid afternoon the store was already down to half its supply.

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