posted on Mar, 20 2006 @ 08:08 PM
I live in Bryan, Texas, about a hundred miles from Houston. Last year the weather forecasters said we could feel the effects of Hurricane Rita. For
days we heard on the news "Rita is going to hit us, stock up on water, batteries, canned goods, flashlights, candles, Meds, etc."
The day before Rita was to make landfall I decided to check out Walmart, and get a few things. About 4:30am I drove to Walmart. The parking lot was
full. It was unbelievable. I go inside the store, they had about 10 registers open, with at least 10 people in every line. Mind you this is at 4:30 in
the morning. People were buying anything they could find in terms of food, flashlights, you know stuff like that. There was no canned goods left on
the shelves, I mean nothing. Not a bottle of water. And batteries were gone. And not a loaf of bread to be found. It was the most unreal thing I had
Rita made landfall east of where everyone said it would hit. We got no rain, only strong winds. Nothing bad, we were lucky. But heres my point (and
yes i do have one) The thought of a crisis made a crisis. The stores shelves were still empty. No bread, water, nothing. But no Hurricane. If
people panic there will be empty shelves.
When the bird flu reaches the USA people will panic. At least for a little while. So IMHO it is a good idea to stock up on at least the things that
are essential to your well being, wherever you live. Maybe just the things you might need if the stores were closed, or ran out of stuff. Things like
meds, or baby food or diapers, pet food, etc. I don't know if the bird flu is for real or just a lot of hype, but I do know people will panic.