News 25 went down to the Home Depot in Biloxi today to get some advice on preparing for the storm, and to see what supplies were going fast. Most people on the Coast know how to prepare for hurricanes, but snow and freezing rain is new territory. Home Depot Store Manager, Daniel Pahl, says protecting your pipes is one important step you need to take. Pahl says, "The biggest thing is keeping them wrapped with a pipe insulation or a pipe wrap, and protecting your faucets outside with faucet covers." Shoppers like Gloria Young who have exposed water pipes and hoses are concerned. Young says, "I'm buying foam installation for my camper, and the reason is to keep it from freezing." Young went through Hurricane Katrina and other serious storms, but none involving snow and ice. Young also says, "I have a friend that's in Tennessee, and she's trying to prepare me. And I'm like, ‘Really? Do I have to do all this stuff?’" In addition to pipes being a concern, everyone who is used to leaving their plants outside needs to take extra precautions.
Pahl also says, "Also remember your outdoor plants. Things like palms and ferns and that sort of thing are very susceptible to cold, so bring them inside or cover them with a plastic or another type of product." At the Home Depot, they've even brought their own plants inside and covered others that can't be brought indoors. Homeowners should be also be concerned about salt for their sidewalks and driveways, as well as accommodations for indoor and outdoor pets. Pahl closes, "Also, to protect their pets. We're seeing a lot of people buying heat lamps and those sorts of things for outside animals and that kind of stuff." Many businesses are closed today, but larger stores like Home Depot should remain open and staffed throughout the storm.