Oklahomans did plenty of storm-prep shopping Thursday. But it was more prudence than panic, they said. "I’m not stockpiling. I’m just trying to be more prepared than I was last time,” Lori Dawson said as she browsed at a Westlake Hardware store.
She grabbed deicer, a flashlight and a snow shovel. Also a couple of snow saucers for the kids, who were, of course, home from school. "I don’t know if we’ll have enough snow for that,” she said. Business was brisk, said Tim Burk, a manager. The store had been selling lots of snow shovels, generators, ice melt, batteries, flashlights, kerosene and propane, gas and electric heaters. "It’s good for business,” he said of the storm. "But we normally sell that stuff all the time. It’s just that people rush in here all at once and it makes it a little bit more difficult.” Donna Williams said her family was pretty well prepared already, especially after the Christmas Eve storm. "We bought a lot of wood,” she said. They even had a generator and tried to fire it up after the power went out in that previous storm, but "it wouldn’t work.” Thursday she was buying bags of ice melt for sidewalks and de-icer for windows. "I’m just getting stuff we didn’t get out and get.” Susan Pena was grocery shopping, picking up extra meats, breads, water, batteries and "essential paper products,” she said. This trip was for her daughter who was at home in Oklahoma City with three little girls. Know it: Winter Survival Severe weather coverage