LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) — Once again, Kentuckians are down to the wire with last-minute shopping for food and supplies before the snowstorm arrives.
The City of Lexington is scheduled to treat the roads and streets Sunday morning starting at 7:30 a.m.
In the meantime, the snowstorm attracted many different types of preppers out Saturday evening.
One prepper is Travis Yearsely. Yearsely is leaving a local hardware store with supplies for his recently restored jeep.
“I put a heavy duty winch bumper on the front, 10-thousand pound winch, so just getting the accessories, toe straps and snatch blocks,” Yearsely said.
Yearsley bought these supplies specifically with one purpose in mind.
“If I happen to be out, running around town, doing my job, I can hopefully save somebody, pull them out of a ditch and help them get back on the road,” Yearsely said.
A former member of the US Coast Guard, there’s one motto that comes to mind when prepping for snowstorms: “Semper Paratus”, which means, “Always ready,” Yearsely said.
While the hardware store sold mostly generators Saturday evening, a local grocery store across the plaza attracted another type of prepper: grocery shoppers.
“I heard there’s going to be 6 to 12 inches of snow, so we grabbed milk and bread and snacks for the kids,” Tammy Bridges, a shopper, said.
Bridges said it was a frenzy inside the market. Her and her family came all the way from Georgetown for more options.
“It’s crazy in there,” Bridges said. “We were waiting in line for 10 minutes.”
Shelves ran out of certain popular items once again.
“The shelves are starting to look empty,” Dora Johnson, another shopper out Saturday evening said. “If we don’t get some truckers out on the road soon, we’re going to be starving.”
Johnson said she plans to, “Stay in stay warm and stay healthy,” this weekend.
Bridges said, “Nope, I’m not going nowhere. Once I get home that’s it.”
While Johnson and Bridges plan to play it safe at home this weekend, Yearsely said he will be out and about. He lends some advice for anyone who has to drive on the ice this weekend.
“It’s going to be slick. If you do have to venture out, I would highly recommend going out with a neighbor. Or if you have your own 4-wheel drive vehicle, go slow, be cautious. Maintain decent speeds, abide by all sensible safety precautions. And of course, they always recommend, stay home if you can.”