Panic Buying Grips the East Coast: Mad Rush for
Supplies Ahead of Mega-Storm
by Mac Slavo: Food
Stamp Nation: What a Modern Day Bread Line Looks Like (Infographic)
people are still trying to make up their minds about the potential
severity of the storm threatening the U.S. northeast, it’s
not stopping millions of concerned residents from racing to to grocery
stores, gas stations and hardware depots in droves.
ever wanted to know what it looks like when the 99%
of Americans who have failed to prepare for a disaster wake
up and realize they are facing a major crisis take a look at what’s
on the east coast ahead of Hurricane Sandy.
luck buying lanterns, generators, propane, or – if you are
really unprepared – rain boots and batteries in areas in
the path of Hurricane Sandy as it bears down on the U.S. East
approach of the gigantic storm, which is expected to come ashore
on Monday night set off a weekend scramble for supplies from Virginia
to New England, causing long lines at gas stations, bare shelves
at hardware and home-supply shops, and a run on bread, bottled
water and canned foods.
been crazy. We’re the only one open who still has gas,”
said Karen Tripodi, a customer service representative at Cumberland
Farms, a gas station and market in Newington, Connecticut.
coming in for propane, ice, water, milk and cigarettes.”
Connecticut on Saturday, from the shoreline to well inland,
residents and business owners scrambled to get ready for Sandy.
for the storm took place all over the state, as banks, pharmacies,
home improvement centers, electronics stores, pet shops and supermarkets
opened Saturday to lines of customers stocking up.
birds got D batteries, flashlights, propane refills, bottled water
and other sought-after storm supplies. Those arriving later had
to deal with bigger crowds, dwindling supplies and, in some cases,
are warning residents across over 600 miles of coastline from Wilmington,
Delaware to Bangor, Maine that they need to brace for widespread
power outages, sustained high winds, Appalachian snows, deadly storm
surges for low lying, massive beach erosion, and flooding in what
is being referred
to by the NOAA as an “historic storm.”
Americans within the path of the storm, who waited too long to take
it seriously, are now scrambling to acquire the most basic necessities
ahead of Sandy’s expected landfall sometime early Tuesday
across Central Virginia, the Northern Neck and much of the East
Coast started stocking up at the grocery store as forecasters
warned of the looming “Frankenstorm.”
is a little surprising. I didn’t think it would come
that close to the coast,” Connie Davidson told CBS 6 News’ Sandra
was getting a jump on Hurricane Sandy and stocking up on basics,
including water and batteries.
just one of numerous customers Friday at Pleasants Hardware.
“I got an
oil lamp, got a portable castle iron. I got a portable heater,”
Carl Shiles said. “It’s going to be getting cool next week and
if we lose power, I have a 92-year-old mother-in-law.”
storm, we figure we’ll have gas. So, we’re going
to get a lot of things that we can to just pop in the oven and
be done with it,” he said.
Foodtown – Middletown, New Jersey – Sunday, Oct. 28,
2012 (via Twitter)
ranged from mandatory evacuations ordered by Gov. Christie for
portions of the Jersey Shore to residents preparing for
long power outages by cleaning shelves of water, batteries and
bread. New Jersey’s utility companies also were preparing
for a massive number of power outages.
to social media to report bare shelves in grocery stores and the
early effects of the storm in their communities, including strong
winds and even flooding in some Shore towns.
as flashlights, D batteries and bottled water have already run
low in many locations, as have bread and nonperishable food items.
Other items that may run low include tarps and pumps.
store lines in Bushwick, Brooklyn, and undoubtedly throughout
the city were stretching through the aisles this evening. According
to ABC News, one Trader Joe’s line just to enter the store wrapped
around the block.
FreshDirect has cancelled deliveries tonight, causing more people
to head to actual grocery stores than usual.
the area, grocery stores and gas stations were crowded Sunday
as residents stocked up on necessities.
at the pumps at Sunoco on Valley Forge Road at Whites Road were
three or four cars deep late Sunday morning, and the cars trying
to get in and out were causing jams in the parking lot and on
a nine-year employee of the Sunoco, said the gas station ran out
of regular gasoline Friday, Saturday and Sunday. When it runs
out, a truck comes to the station to replenish the supply, but
that sometimes takes hours.
said she’s never seen the gas station so busy, not even before
are complaining, screaming, yelling, they’re yelling at me and
there have been fights between customers it’s been a mess.”
At Weis Market
on Valley Forge Road in Lansdale, manager Mike Ryan said that
sales are up 29 percent since Friday, with most people buying
cases of bottled water and bread. He had three extra deliveries,
but the bread supply was almost depleted and bottled water was
have well water are nervous, because if the power goes out, they
won’t have water,” he said.
of Lansdale had several cases of bottled water in her cart for
herself and her two adult daughters.
know how had it’s going to be. That’s the issue,” she said. “From
what they’re saying it’s going to be a doozy.”
For those on
the east coast, we wish you the best as the brunt of the storm passes
over the next 72 hours. Many of our readers have likely prepared
for the worst and have critical supplies like food, potable
water, gas, batteries, off-grid cooking supplies and generators
For those still
lacking supplies, we’d strongly recommend stocking up on as
hurricane preparedness items as you can within the next 12 hours
if supplies are still available in your area.
With the potential
for widespread power outages and flooding, there is a strong possibility
that many areas may experience supply problems in coming days and
weeks, especially if this storm damages critical utility infrastructure.
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