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Communities preparing for first winter blast

HAMILTON, OH (FOX19) -

Packed parking lots and scores of empty shopping carts lining those lots say more than just a good day for business.

"Last year I had a heck of a time. Everywhere I went, everything was sold out,” said Dave Robinson who was out buying salt late Monday evening.

Robinson is talking about bags of salt. He, and plenty of other people, spent the day loading up to battle the first winter blast of 2015.

"We went in the store looking for it. They had a skid in the front that was sold out. Then we went through the store looking for it and we, more or less, had to look all over until we found some. It's getting kind of thin now,” said Robinson.

On Monday, loading salt into the bed of trucks was a popular activity around the Tri-State.

"We're ready. Our guys are ready. Our trucks are ready. We're all ready for the event,” said Greg Wilkens, Butler County engineer.

Last year, salt supplies ran thin in communities all over the Tri-State. Just as notable last year, below-freezing temperatures.

"We're not so concerned about the road conditions. Our engineer does a phenomenal job as far as keeping the roads clear, as well as ODOT. Any power outage, substantial power outage, with the below freezing temperatures is going to be an issue,” said Michael Bunner, Warren County Emergency Services Director.

Warren County already has places picked as warming shelters, if need be. They're also beefing up staffing in their emergency dispatch center, again, just in case.

"Last winter was a punch in the face that we need to get used to this. I think everybody's very well-prepared now,” Bunner told FOX19 NOW.

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