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As the 2008 hurricane season blows to its peak, with no fewer than three storms bearing down on the East Coast, the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co., Inc. has established a Hurricane Preparedness Guide featuring important items households need in the event of severe weather.
The grocer is publicizing the guide through a series of radio spots, in addition to in-store communications at over 384 A&P, Waldbaum’s, SuperFresh, and Pathmark stores.
Participating locations provide a takeaway outlining such necessities as a gallon of bottled water per person per day; ready-to-eat, nonperishable, or canned foods, along with a manual can opener; plastic utensils, paper plates, and paper towels; bandages, sterile gloves, medications, and prescription drugs, among other first aid items; hygiene products like toilet paper, moist towelettes, soap, and toothpaste; child care supplies; garbage bags and cleaning products; a battery-powered radio with extra batteries; a phone model that doesn't require electricity; flashlights, lanterns, candles, and waterproof matches, a whistle or horn to use as a signaling device; and backup items including an extra cell phone charge or set of keys.
Shoppers can download a complete list of emergency supplies, as well as other planning guides, at http://www.apfreshonline.com/bestormsafe. The site also features links to NOAA and FEMA for the latest information on upcoming storms.
The grocer additionally advises checking for loose objects in the yard, staying tuned to the latest news, and remembering to gas up the car in advance of a storm.
Montvale, N.J.-based A&P operates 447 stores in eight states and the District of Columbia under the A&P, Waldbaum's, Pathmark, Best Cellars, The Food Emporium, Super Foodmart, Super Fresh, and Food Basics banners.