Hurricane Irma

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After a natural disaster like hurricane Irma, it is hard to assess the damage left behind. Not only are there physical damages to our person, property and utilities, there are also psychological damages that will take time to reconcile.

Our neighborhoods are in disarray, with some houses and vegetation seeming “broken-into” and some neighbors just seeming “broken.” Some were fortunate enough to vacate the premises but they were unable to collect enough gas and were trapped in the midst of the bumper-to-bumper throngs of vehicles carrying generators and empty 1-gallon drum containers. At the time of the hurricane, as many as 65% of gas stations in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale market went out of fuel. The 18+ hours of traffic to leave the state must have seemed endless. Nothing can be more frustrating than being told to evacuate South Florida to then not be provided the fuel needed to proceed.

As terrifying as the panic was surrounding the storm, and rightly so, the consequences of the hurricane are still in-effect. On September 11th alone, more than 12 million residents were without power, and many will remain so for weeks to come. With a total state population of 20 million, according to the United States Census Bureau, this means that on September 11th about sixty percent of the Florida population has zero air conditioning, light, heat, internet, and maybe even running water. However, had Irma stayed a category four, the damage would have been much worse. Many more could have died and the consequences would have been much more heartbreaking than a loss of electricity for a couple of days.

However, residents aren’t the only ones affected by the aftermath of Irma. Supermarkets are in for a tricky situation as well. Even though supermarkets sold out of water and containers in many areas, the damage caused by Irma could offset this momentary profitable burst. The powerful storm destroyed farm fields in its path, flooding vegetable plants and breaking irrigation pipes. Our basic fruits and veggies will possibly be pricier in the upcoming weeks for “everything from tomatoes to orange juice.”

However, one place that will never gouge prices is American Thrift Stores. We will keep offering the best deals in South Florida because we know that stability is what you need right now. Let us take you back to your routine. And if you lost anything during the storm such as a comfy pair of jeans, a coffee-table or bookcase, we have all the items you need to recover what you lost, and at thrift-store prices! Some of our best deals are 50% off specials all throughout the stores, every single day. Come in to your nearest American Thrift Store and get back to your day-to-day!