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Residents Stock Up For Winter Storm

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LAWTON Okla_ While there's nothing we can do to stop Mother Nature, local businesses say we can soften her blow through preparation.

One local hardware store spent Monday morning running around hauling salt bags and filling their stock of ice-scrapers and shovels. They say they are already in high demand.

In January of 2011, Comanche County was frozen under a thick sheet of ice and snow. Tens of thousands of residents were left without power and even worse: without any means to dig their way out of it.

The hardware store manager said since then, when Old Man Winter threatens to make an appearance, people take him seriously and arm themselves for disaster. Winter may be pounding down on Comanche County, but home improvement store manager Scott Johnson said citizens are pushing back, and his store is arming them.

"We started this morning," Johnson said, "Bringing out the ice melt, making sure we had plenty of snow shovels down, snow pushers, and ice-scrapers."

He said the key to winning the fight against Mother Nature is staying ahead of her. He said customers were in as early as last week, preparing for today.

"It can never be too early to get it," Johnson said. "Get it before the snow or ice storm does come, so you have it on hand in your garage or in your storage area to put it out when needed."

Johnson said if you didn't move quickly enough to get to the store, take a look in your garage and you may be covered.

"Other than the ice melt, if you can't locate it and you can't get out, you can use fertilizers like a 10/20/10 that's great for your yard," Johnson said. "It is safe for the concrete."

While schools and some business may close their doors under the severe weather, he said theirs will remain open.

"It's not an option to close," Johnson said. "We'll always be here for the customers."

Johnson says de-icer is directly shipped, and they can have it on hand in 1-2 days. He said to restock tools, he's looking at a week's time. So, he said if you're not stocked yet, you might have to wait until after the snow storm to arm yourself for the next.



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