Houston Kroger and HEB grocery store handles for shoppers ahead of tropical storms

Houston, Texas (KTRK) – The stores are stocked in the Houston metro area as states with a Gulf Coast brace for two tropical storms as customers plan ahead of next week.Stores such as HEB and Kroger are delivering essential items that shoppers may need during storms.

“Of course, we prepare for the storm every year. We’ve been preparing during the hurricane season since last year, and we’re ready all the way until November 30,” said Joe Kelly, president of Kroger-Houston .”HEB has a disaster relief emergency team that works 365 days at the company, so we have a whole team,” said Lisa Helfman, director of public affairs for HEB. “We have excess stock in many of our warehouses for storm conditions and we do this emergency command center as soon as we hear of a storm coming, so we are ready.”

He also urged customers to take only what they need and avoid buying at the last minute.

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Both HEB and Kroger representatives also say stores will adjust store hours if needed.

“I think let’s be considerate, as we said during the epidemic, we don’t encourage panic buying, take what you need and then leave the rest for your neighbor,” Hellman said. “We say you need to prepare for three days, have product on hand for about three days, and also include shelf-stable products when we lose power.”

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