HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – As states along the Gulf Coast brace for two tropical storms, stores in the Metro Houston area are stocked as customers prepare plans for next week. HEB and Kroger are speeding up deliveries of essential items that buyers may need during storms.“So we definitely prepare for hurricanes every year. We’ve been preparing for hurricane season last year, and we’re ready until November 30, “said Joe Kelley, president of Kroger-Houston.” HEB has an emergency preparedness team disaster relief that works in the company 365 days a year, so we have an entire team dedicated to that, ”said Lisa Helfman, HEB’s director of public affairs. “We have extra inventory in several of our warehouses for hurricane situations and we do this emergency command center as soon as we hear of an upcoming storm, so we’re ready.
They also urge customers to take only what they need and avoid last-minute purchases.
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Representatives for HEB and Kroger also say stores will adjust store opening hours if necessary.
“I think let’s think about it, like we said during the pandemic, we don’t encourage panic buying, take what you need and leave the rest to your neighbor,” Helfman said. “We’re saying you have to prepare for three days, have a product on hand for about three days, and that includes shelf life products in case we lose power. ”
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