AAA prepares for storm after near record number of service calls

AAA prepares for storm, after near record number of service calls (WKEF/WRGT)

MIAMI VALLEY (WKEF/WRGT) - You know that phrase, "Better safe than sorry?"

FOX 45's Shavon Anderson caught up with Joy Kirby outside the Miamisburg Kroger Thursday night, following that advice.

"We're here shopping now, making sure we don't run out of food," she said, with her daughter in tow.

Carolyn Reitz had the same idea. She's got a list of errands to check off.

"Going to stop and get some gas," Reitz said. "I have the luxury of being able to work at home."

While most are trying to stay in, AAA crews are heading out.

"It's all hands on deck right now," said Miami Valley Public Affairs Manager Cindy Antrican.

Antrican said the the last time there was a wicked winter ice storm, they were swamped.

"Some days we were approaching 700 or more calls in a day," she said.

Her message for this weekend: If you don't have to go out, don't.

If you get stuck, be patient.

"Our trucks don't have any magical powers," Antrican said. "So, when we're driving on snow and ice covered roads, we're facing the same conditions that caused the driver to end up sliding off the road."

With high call volume, wait times can be hours. Have a car kit, with water and snacks, and a charged phone.

"We've got two bags of salt, so we're safe there," said Kirby.

Kirby lost power during the last ice storm.

"Be calm," Reitz added. "If you have to go out, make sure you're safe. Give a little extra time to get where you're going!"

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