It's looking more and more likely that a major winter storm will blanket the Garden State starting later in the day on Friday, with significant snow and wind.

Photo credit Bruce Mikells

The New Jersey Office of Emergency Management is recommending that for this type of scenario, everyone should put together an Emergency Kit that would include:

  • A three-day supply of canned, non-perishable, ready-to-eat food,
  • A three-day supply of water,
  • A battery-operated radio and extra batteries,
  • A flashlight and extra batteries.

In addition, you should also have on hand prescription medications, a first-aid kit, personal toiletries, and a non-electric can opener and utensils.

As the storm gets closer, many New Jersey shoppers are scrambling to pick up several other provisions as well.

"I'm getting bird feed and tea," said one shopper. "The birds gotta eat too."

A woman standing nearby suggested "a little whiskey to keep warm, a little wine, and like, just the basics -- eggs, milk, so you can make anything. And toilet paper, if you're low."

Harry from Trenton also mentioned alcohol.

"Liquor," he said. "I'll probably get a nice bottle of scotch." A nearby friend of his added popcorn and vanilla ice cream to the list.

Muriel from Ewing said she was getting cat food for her pets, plus some snacks: potato chips, pretzels, popcorn.

"I have everything at home," said yet another shopper. "I don't really need to stock up on anything. Maybe a nice apple pie or something, a bottle of wine, maybe. That would be about it."

Other shoppers said they were going to make sure they had the basics to survive.

"The usual staples, the bread and milk, maybe get some lunch meat, things like that," said one man, laughing. "I'm not a beer, wine, whiskey person."

Another shopper took offense to that suggestion, saying the man just needed to buy the booze and he would be all set.

"I'm not really stocking up on anything," said Mary from Ewing. "How many days are you going to be in the house? And I live right down the street, so I'm not really worried."

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