As people on the East Coast prepare for Hurricane Sandy, they are likely to do what hurricane-preparers have done for years ― stock up on milk, bread and other staples.

"You never know in these types of situations. That's why I bought all the things I did," Cindy Sabol of East Stroudsburg, Pa., told the Pocono Record as she bought powdered milk and other items at a Walmart on Saturday. Read more.

“They’re getting milk and bread first, gas second and booze third,” store clerk Mickey Grocki told The Westerly Sun in Rhode Island on Saturday.

Millions of people in the Northeast are preparing for Hurricane Sandy to make landfall ― perhaps in New Jersey late Monday or early Tuesday. Forecasters have said it may be the worst storm to hit the Northeast in decades.

A check of newspaper articles over the years have put milk, bread and batteries among the top items that people buy in the face of approaching hurricanes.

But hurricanes often bring power outages. If refrigerators lose power, milk may spoil. That is why powdered milk could be the way to go in these extreme situations.