Yes panic buying is a major problem and what pisses me off is people joy riding to look at all the damage and the lines at the gas stations where people are just filling up there cars and have no cans to fill for generators.i was told because of snapped power poles we won't have power for 2 weeks .I need gas for my generator.My mother is on the central east coast . Spoke to her this morning and can attest to the PANIC BUYING . This phenomenon has increased in the past decade or so . In an emergency you gotta get what you “need” and that’s understandable but many go overboard largely but not solely helped by the selling of fear ! And there’s no ending in sight with the constant sales pitch ! That and the “supply chain” issues will only compound the problem .
I see the thought process when I speak to people and see or hear what they’ve bought before an emergency impending weather event . It’s……. Well , with supply chain issues and after the event , I’m buying all I can now because who knows when there’ll be more . This actually creates supply issues for all to get through the event by not getting just what is needed .
There’s always been panic and some panic buying to an extent but the selling of FEAR is a real and compounding problem .
Prayers to all you Floridians .