In the day or two before an imminent hurricane strike, hardware stores will be trying to keep up with demand. Officials say now is the best time to prepare. Mike McMillen manages a Lowes in southeast Houston. He came on board at a Texas City store two years ago.
"Shipments came in as quick as possible. We obviously ran out of certain things, because our demand was higher than supply, but we eventually got stocked."
This time, customers getting ready for a storm won't have to be searching for specific items. Julia Walker is customer service manager.
"We're on the main aisle. When you come into the store, you're basically looking at our push items. Right now, since it is hurricane season, we are definitely trying to push batteries, flashlights, anything that we know that the customers are going to need. Everything right now, due to the season, the hurricane season, we want them to better prepare themselves and their families for anything that might come. We don't want to get caught off guard like we did, like we've done in the past. We're just definitely trying to put everything out here that's gonna better benefit the customers."
She says they're answering questions they may have about weather proofing their home as well as helping them stock up on the immediate necessities to ride a storm out.
For the NOAA's recommendation for hurricane preparedness, visitÎ¾the disaster supply kit link and the securing your home link.