And I know I am going to sound like I am paranoid (or worse, like your mother) for saying this, but one thing I learned is to be prepared. When Mother Nature decides to not play nice, you never know what will happen.
Many in this area knew that Hurricane Irene was coming and the word was first that it would be here Sunday afternoon, but Irene decided to pick up some speed and its new time of arrival was now Saturday afternoon. On Friday evening, my girlfriend was getting her hair cut, so I figured I would pass the time at the grocery store and walk around. Yes, I know how to have fun.
To my shock, the store was pretty much a mad house. Eggs, bread, toilet paper, and milk were all just about gone. Beer/wine, chips, chicken, and condoms were not offering a big supply either. (But fear not, the fruits and vegetables were not touched.)
Here is a picture from the store.
|The Bread Isle|
The reason I am talking about this is the people to blame for this bad service is really the customer. These people knew the storm was coming. They had almost a week to get ready. And if you live in a area that might be evacuated and you are not leaving, you might need to stock up. Why wait until the last moment? I know that the storm moving up a day might tripped up some plans, but let’s be real. These people knew the storm was coming. The customers knew the store was going to be packed at the 11th hour. It’s not the store’s fault. They had a full staff to handle the registers, but when every line has a cart filled to the top and they are 5 people deep, well, you know what I am getting at. I am pretty sure the store stocked up before the rush, but there is only so much they can hold. With some venders, they restock the shelves everyday, so if people made a rush on their items on Tuesday and Wednesday, they will refill the stock Wednesday and Thursday.
I know there is a panic about the storm that is due to the consumers’ perceived view of the meteorologists’ inability to tell a storm to a hole in their butt, so everyone just assumes it will be like the movie “The Day After Tomorrow”. But if you know there is a storm coming, do the right thing yourself and your loved ones around you, prepare early.
Sometimes “better safe than sorry” is really the right thing to do,