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Winn-Dixie Helps Customers Prepare for 2011 Hurricane Season
Winn-Dixie Helps Customers Prepare for 2011 Hurricane Season

Winn-Dixie is helping individuals and businesses to prepare now for what is predicted to be an “active to extremely active” year for tropical storms. The six-month Atlantic hurricane season begins today.

“Our guests can find the supplies to stock their hurricane kits at their neighborhood stores, and it can be done on a budget by using our Customer Reward Card and taking advantage of this week’s hurricane preparedness stock up and save sale in our stores,” said Mary Kellmanson, Winn-Dixie’s group vice president of marketing.  “We are offering a number of Buy One, Get One (BOGO) sales, 10 for $10 items, and ‘Save ’til’ offers. That’s in addition to our Winn-Dixie brand products, which are better than or equal in quality to national brands at a significant cost savings.”

Kellmanson noted that the American Red Cross and emergency management officials urge people to have a “hurricane kit” with enough medicine, bottled water, canned and nonperishable foods, paper products, flashlights and batteries to last at least three days in case a tropical storm knocks out power. Experts suggest keeping on hand one gallon of water per person per day, along with food and first aid supplies.

A typical “hurricane kit” should include:

  • 3-pack of gallon bottles of drinking water or
  • 24-pack of 16-ounce bottles of water
  • 32-ounce bottle of Gatorade or
  • 20-ounce bottle of Propel vitamin water or sports drink
  • 10-pack of Kool-Aid Jammers
  • 7.5-ounce or 15-ounce cans of spaghetti (Chef Boyardee)
  • 4-pack of Kraft Handi-Snacks pudding and gel cups
  • 16-ounce jar of peanut butter
  • 16-ounce jar of jam or jelly
  • 6-pack of canned tuna or chicken
  • 5-ounce can of Vienna sausage
  • 12-ounce can of Spam or Hormel corned beef or
  • 10-ounce can of Hormel Compleats or Chili Meals
  • 3.5-ounce package of beef jerky
  • 150-count foam plates
  • 50-count of 16-ounce red or clear plastic cups
  • 15-count of 13-gallon tall kitchen or
  • 30-count of 4-gallon trash bags
  • 8-roll package of paper towels
  • 182-ounce bottle of liquid bleach
  • Flashlights (one per person)
  • Batteries (D-cell, C-cell and AA-cell)
  • NOAA emergency alert weather radio
  • 10" battery-operated fan
  • 2.5-gallon plastic gasoline can
  • 1-quart bottle of Coleman Liquid Fuel
  • Magic Lamp with refill
  • 1 box of kitchen matches
  • 1 bag of charcoal briquettes

Experts predict the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season will have 12 to 18 named storms, six to 10 of which are predicted to become hurricanes. Forecasters expect three to six of those will strengthen to major hurricanes (Category 3 or higher on the Saffir-Simpson scale) with sustained winds of at least 111 miles per hour.

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