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Way back in April 2020, I put out an RFI for sitreps with regards to the availability of food, water, medical, and other supplies in order to get a clearer picture of the scale and scope of the supply problems. The community responded in a resounding way and really gave great information. I would like to repeat that RFI now.

Here are my Requests for Information (RFIs):

  1. What supplies are low or nonexistant in your AO?
  2. What supplies are suprisingly available?
  3. What supplies would you recommend that are outside the box of normal thinking?
  4. What interruptions in public services are you seeing?
  5. What interruptions in patterns of like are you seeing?
  6. If comfortable, a general idea of where you are located (vagueness is obviously fine – I mean, AP gets it lol)

Please report in the comments below and share any other similar reports you have seen elsewhere as well. I fully intend on updating this article over the next few days as well with my more current observations.

SITREP

Visited an Lidl, Aldi, Acme, Super Walmart, and BJs.

  1. What supplies are low or nonexistent in your AO?

The main thing missing is chicken. Other meats are generally available, albeit in lower quantities. But check is particular hard to come by in most places, and the prices are pretty high if you can find them. There are other items in which you can see a decreased quantity of (i.e. gaps in shelves, shelves look full but they are only one or two items deep, etc). These include canned vegetables, canned beans, and water (the water may be due to the recent two snowfalls we have had). Pasta is also in short supply, and canning jars are very hard to find (luckily, vacuum sealer supplies are plentiful). Seafood that is processed in china like salmon pieces are also hard to come by.

As a comparison to the start of the pandemic, this is what one of the grovery stores in my AO looked like:

https://www.americanpartisan.org/2020/03/coronavirus-scenes-from-a-ne-grocery-store/

  1. What supplies are surprisingly available?

Dry goods are present, as is fresh produce. Each store had a few produce items in limited supply but overall it was definitely better than I expected. I was also surprised to see paper products back in normal quantities. BJs in particular was looking pretty “pre-pandemic” (for an idea of what it looked like during the pandemic, click this hyperlink – https://www.americanpartisan.org/2020/03/coronavirus-scenes-from-a-ne-warehouse-club/).

  1. What supplies would you recommend that are outside the box of normal thinking?

Lemon juice as a food preservation tool, vacuum sealer and bags, OTC medicines as many are manufactured overseas, propane.

  1. What interruptions in public services are you seeing?

Schools are fluctuating between remote and in person.

  1. What interruptions in patterns of life are you seeing?

Longer wait times as stores are short staffed. Gas prices are still elevated. “Sales” at stores aren’t really sales prices – they are just the old normal prices.

  1. If comfortable, a general idea of where you are located (vagueness is obviously fine – I mean, AP gets it lol)

Location: Somewhere in Eastern PA or NJ.