"Russell Hunter, who owns Pfau’s Hardware in West Hartford, Connecticut, said that after a bizarre fall snowstorm knocked out power to nearly one million people in his state and millions more throughout the Northeast last weekend, his store was cleaned out of all storm-related supplies. They went at about five times the normal rate of sale, with everything from batteries to oil lamps to gas grills flying out the door as fast as he could order them.
“At home, it’s getting sort of old,” Mr. Hunter said on Saturday. “And cold! People are really angry that it should take this long.” He was also a victim of his own sales success.
“I took home two bundles of firewood,” he said of his own preparations, but later in the week he “wanted two more, and we didn’t have them.”
Note from Amy:
When I read stories like this, I try to picture what I could do to prepare so it doesn't happen to me. We need to plan ahead and buy those things that will keep us warm and fed and protected from the elements in case OUR area has a big power outage in the winter time.
And notice what items sold the fastest during the crisis (Batteries, Oil Lamps, Gas Grills, Firewood). Those things will be gone quickly here, as well. So you need to buy them NOW, before everyone else is trying to buy them and you are out of luck.