Stocking up on groceries? Do you know what to buy?

WASHINGTON, N.C. (WNCT) – When preparing for a storm, there’s always the task of making sure you have enough food.

But what items should you buy over the traditional ones you may think you need?

91-year old Beatrice Woolard is shopping for all the essentials. It takes her about two hours from start to finish. When she’s on a roll, she doesn’t stop.

Many people in Washington are like Beatrice, getting what they need at the store before Hurricane Matthew hits.

“Sausage, meat, and stuff that you can eat out of the can or whatever, so if my electricity goes out my kids can eat,” said Dolly Hart.

While many people grab as much as they can, preparedness coordinator Janelle Lewis said that’s not always the best plan, “They need to keep in mind that it needs to be on the shelf, stocked and not going to expire and not need possibly heat or refrigeration.”

Lewis said people need to keep in mind the possibility of the electricity going out. When that happens, things kept in the refrigerator won’t last long.

She suggested, “Snack bars, any of those shelf life things. Cereal. A lot of people like cereal without milk, which is fine as well. But any of those snack items. Potato chips, unfortunately, aren’t healthy, but stack on the shelves as well.”

For Beatrice, she’s got all she needs and then some. She’s prepared for Matthew, but said it’s not going to hit here.

“The storm is going to blow out in the ocean,” said Beatrice Woolard. “Wave bye bye to it.”

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