This video was taken at 3:30 in the morning 2 days before Isaac made landfall- after crews had been restocking the shelves with what supplies they still had.
I was quite surprised at some of the things that went the fastest. Pop and fresh meat being the two main ones. Once the power goes out, how are you going to keep that meat from spoiling? Fire up the generator and waste gas? And then pop. Really? Cuz sugar and caffeine are soooo good for you when water may be in short supply and dehydration is a very possible risk. Come on people.
That brings me to my next gripe. Bottled water. For what you pay for 24 12oz bottles (1.75 gallons), you can buy a collapsible water container that will hold 5 gallons of water. Plus, its re-usable. Or, for just a few dollars more, you can buy a heavy duty 7 gallon water container. I have 4 of these filled up at all times.
Another way to save money is to buy powdered drink mixes like Gatorade instead of the pre mixed stuff. Skip the pop and get a large water container. Skip the fresh meat and buy some canned foods that can be eaten cold if needed. Buy a box of powdered milk, and mix up just what you need for a bowl of cereal. Many people arent prepared financially for a disaster, so make the money you do have stretch as far as possible.
I must admit, if there was a hurricane heading my way (unlikely, but we have had some massive snow storms LOL!) I would not have to leave my house to get any supplies. The only thing sadder than watching people swarm the stores is watching them try to RETURN the supplies if things werent as bad as they thought they were going to be. If they were important enough to buy the first time, keep them for the next time. There will be a next time.