Sandy Prep: Stocking Up

By Kelly McCarthy

October 27, 2012 Updated Oct 27, 2012 at 10:35 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The impact of Hurricane Sandy is still unknown.

A day after Governor Cuomo declares New York in a State of Emergency, Action News follows up with people making storm preparations a priority.

The long lines, concerned faces, and constant phone calls, do not add up to a typical morning at Kovarik Hardware Store.

"We almost want to answer the phone, 'Good Morning, Kovarik Hardware, no we don't have generators,' because you know, people are afraid," said Debbie Kovarik.

Stocking up on items useful during a storm.

"We just got a generator, what we need is gas cans. A lot of gas cans and a lot of gas," said Gina Buckley of Binghamton.

"People are preparing. I've never seen anything like this, even with massive snowstorms are expecting they don't go through this," said Kovarik.

"I'm not saying I'm not a little bit nervous, because of what we went through with last year's flooding," said Eugene Mautone of Johnson City.

Now in a State of Emergency, they don't want to make the same mistakes twice.

"They're buying everything they can to help them through what might be a crisis," said Kovarik.

The first item to go at Kovarik's Hardware store is batteries, especially D batteries. They're the most common size used in flashlights, another big seller for storm preparations.

"We're preparing for power outage and flooding... Both," said Buckley.

"If the rivers stay below flood levels then I'll be happy and I'm not going to cry about a power outage too much," said Mautone.

Getting the supplies now, before it's too late.

"From the customers we've seen of course, they are not taking this for granted. They're taking it seriously," said Kovarik.

"You know if people don't take this seriously now, they're not awake. This is a very serious situation," said Buckley.

The safest outlook to have, even if all we get is a little rain.

"I think it's good that people are being educated, hopefully it's not going to be a panic situation, but Sandy's got her own... She's going to do what she's going to do," said Kovarik.

And until Sandy let's us know, the people shopping at Kovarik's will be ready for anything.

Kovarik Hardware said they are typically closed on Sundays but will open up if needed.

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