WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - All throughout the East Coast authorities cautioned people to be prepared for days without electricity because of Sandy.
On Saturday people began stocking up on groceries in case they did lose power.
We asked Robin Mitchell of Springfield if she was prepared last year. She said, "No, no. We're going to be prepared this year."
That's what many people were thinking when they went to the grocery store to stock up ahead of Sandy.
The storm could cause damaging winds, flooding and power outages and after Tropical Storm Irene last year, Mitchell isn't taking any chances this year.
"We lost power, they lost power here last year, they opened on a generator, we came in they opened up with their own money, it's a phenomenal place to shop I can't say enough," said Mitchell.
The Halloween decorations and candy are still out but the survival supplies, much like the storm, have been moved to the front.
Mike Messer, Store Director at the Big Y in West Springfield said they're prepared. "We've been working on it for a few days and we feel ready, we added on a lot of extra help, extra people, and really a team effort which we've gotten pretty good at over the past couple of years with all the disasters in the area," said Messer.
It wasn't a panicked frenzy. People were just making sure they had the essentials in case their power does go out. "Just getting water, candles, things like that just to be safe just in case," said Keith Lindsey of Springfield.
Better safe than sorry was the general consensus on Saturday in preparation for whatever Sandy brings this way.