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09/04/04

Local Store Prepares To Help Hurricane Victims

The bare shelves of the Home Depot in Gulfport are a testimony to the rapid migration from Florida.

The biggest seller this weekend - generators, which are selling out as soon as they hit the shelves.

"I went through Charley a week or two ago and I just almost died. So I'm here in Mississippi so I said let me just go ahead and get a generator so thank God," said New Smyrna Beach, Florida resident Emma Shedrick.

And Home Depot employees are also trying to bring a bit a relief to everyone who will be affected by Hurricane Frances.

That's why the store is preparing to ship out as many supplies as needed in the storm's aftermath.

"Generators, plywood, clips for the plywood, water, flashlights, batteries, and there is a large variety of goods. We tend to fill up the stores with them when these come and there are truckloads that we'll ship in that will accommodate those needs," said general store manager Chris Jackson.

But supplies aren't the only things that will be heading to the region.

"I got a phone call from my district manager asking me to get together with four of the other stores in this district, and asked me to get together about 10 to 12 people to ship to Florida for 2 to 3 weeks. They'll be doing some community work and also some sales work. When you go into an area that's been affected by a hurricane drastically, you wind up needing more aprons on the sales floor just to help the customers coming in through the lines and so forth, and they'll be waiting on say a generator truck to come in and you'll have 2 or 300 people waiting , so you have to help keep the crowd calm and then also keep it organized," said Jackson.

But until then, the stores nationwide will be on standby ready to go in and help.

By Karla Redditte

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