TAMPA -- Stocking up with hurricane supplies can be stressful. The 10News research team reached out to local grocery stores' headquarters to find out how stores are planning on prepping for Hurricane Irma.
Media and Community Relations Manager of Central, Western, and Southwest Florida, Brian West, said that Public is "absolutely ordering extra items." Water and batteries will be the hot items and local stores will be steadily stocking from distribution sites.
St. Petersburg location at 1804 62nd Ave. N. said they plan on stocking extra water and canned goods. Headquarters in Missouri advised customers to call local stores to find out which locations plan on stocking extra supplies.
Director of National Media Relations, Ragan Dickens, said they are replenishing items like water, batteries, ready-made foods, and propane according to logistics of the storm.
The emergency center for Walmart is also responding with 800 truckloads of water coming to Florida.
Lowe's headquarters sent out a statement saying they plan on sending more than 400 truckloads of products for hurricane preparedness, including flashlights, batteries, and weather radios for emergency kits.
The manager at the Target store located at 1544 N. Dale Mabry told 10News they are partnering with vendors and distribution centers to get extra water and batteries. Water is set to be replenished Wednesday and batteries are set to be replenished throughout the week.
Winn Dixie plans on monitoring the storm and its development and said it plans on working with distribution centers and ordering more supplies such as water, batteries, and non-perishable items as needed.
The grocery store released the following statement:
"In preparation for Hurricane Irma, The Fresh Market remains dedicated to stocking its shelves as thoroughly as possible for neighbors in the Florida coastal regions. The Fresh Market is working to provide grocery essentials as we continue to monitor the potential severe weather conditions."
10News plans on keeping the list up-to-date as much as possible. Have information or pictures of local stores dealing with hurricane prep? Make sure to send them to 10News@wtsp.com.
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