A number of Costco stores around the country have started limiting the number of certain products that can be purchased because they are struggling to keep things like toilet paper, rice, canned food and water on the shelves as Coronavirus panic buying sweeps the world.
This weekend saw the continuation of large crowds of people trying to stockpile supplies in anticipation of a Coronavirus Pandemic outbreak.
In New York, where a State of Emergency was just declared by Governor Cuomo, there were cars lining the street just trying to get into Costco parking lots. The number of cases skyrocketed overnight in New York rose to 76, including one involving a driver for a taxi or ride-sharing services in Queens.
At least 100 households in New York are under a self-quarantine order.
This is the line to get in to #Costco in #Westchester a suburb of NYC. The line stretches for several blocks as the parking lot is filled to capacity as millions are waking up to find a #StateOfEmergency has been declared for #NewYork over #coronavirus outbreak pic.twitter.com/P8lqPFYDgw— Silver Report Uncut™ 🇺🇸 (@silver_report) March 7, 2020
In California and Nevada, hundreds of people could be seen lining up just to try to get into Costco in hopes of finding supplies:
Costco Montclair Ca. It’s nuts! 🔥 pic.twitter.com/TDAPhrgQW6— BIGTONE03_Mr.Hardaway (@Toneonly03) March 7, 2020
This is a Costco in Henderson, Nevada, today.Things are getting worse pic.twitter.com/MQDROU1g0s— MoonEye (@MoonEye42019450) March 7, 2020
These scenes are playing out in the United States and throughout the globe:
Here’s my video of the line at the Costco on Los Feliz Boulevard (I had to cut off, the line keeps going) pic.twitter.com/7xUs4VHG8Z— Emily Alpert Reyes (@AlpertReyes) March 7, 2020
Went to pick up some steaks for dinner at Costco. Here was the line to get in at 9:30 am. pic.twitter.com/8aCHJ3w2Lp— Trading Places Research (@LookingGdLouis) March 7, 2020
In Austrilia, we’ve had mulitple reports of fights breaking out over toliet paper!
All because of toilet paper 🤦🏻♂️🤦🏻♂️ pic.twitter.com/XGtLeXrKJ5— Bold_Westie (@_West_Sydney_) March 6, 2020
Lmaoooooooo round 2 pic.twitter.com/eODrKPyY15— Bold_Westie (@_West_Sydney_) March 7, 2020
Hell, even OJ Simpson is getting in on the action:
Coronavirus? Who’s afraid? pic.twitter.com/nNIxVwwGLB— O.J. Simpson (@TheRealOJ32) March 6, 2020
But you know what’s not sold out?
You know what’s NOT sold out at Costco?— Terris 🍁 (@Terris_Bueller) March 7, 2020
Yes, we live in a world where people are now scared to buy Corona Beer (these morons really believe it might be related to the Coronavirus outbreak) and they are buying toilet paper instead of food! Kind of hard to wipe your ass if you failed to buy anything to put in your stomach!
This is why we have said for years, that during a crisis people and panic will likely become the biggest threats!
So Should you Prepare?
Yes, but you should have done that already and not just because of the Coronavirus. The scenes above are why we have been telling people 24/7/365 for over ten years now on this site to be prepared.
Listen, bad things happen. Whether it’s the Coronavirus today; social unrest tomorrow; an earthquake next week; or supply line interruptions from the current crisis or some future pandemic, war or long-term disaster; the fact is, preparedness is something you need to think about –especially if you have a family who is counting on you!
So while we don’t know what is going to ultimately happen with the Coronavirus – opinions seem to be all over the place with some claiming end-of-times type numbers and others saying, don’t worry it’s not any worse than the flu – WE DO KNOW ONE THING — one of the biggest
Our advice remains the same with the Coronavirus Crisis as it has always been for any potential disaster or emergency situation:
You need to have a 4 week supply of food and emergency supplies on hand at all times. Most of the stores in this country only stock a 1-2 day supply on hand before they need to be restocked from a central supply warehouse; and as we are seeing throughout the country, big-box retailers are struggling to keep goods in stock.
Other Preparedness Resource:
- Pandemics and How to Prepare for a Pandemic Outbreak.
- Prepper 101: Your Survival Guide to Getting Started
- Natural Disasters: Emergency Preparedness Checklist
- BUGOUT: 60+ Preparedness Resources for Bugging Out
- Emergency Communication Preparedness Checklist
- Best Emergency Food: The Top Survival Food Supplies
- Last Minute Prepper: How to Survive a Disaster when you Failed to Prepare
Mindset: How to overcome Fear and not Give into Panic!