Just days before Hurricane Irene is expected to hit Long Island, Lisa Field, owner of the Variety Store on Main Street, frantically opens cardboard boxes in the back of her shop. Little beads of sweat develop on her forehead.
“I have been calling every supplier I can!” she exclaimed while unpacking dozens of flashlights from a shipment just brought in this afternoon. An hour after we spoke, Field said she was driving to Hampton Bays to meet with another distributor to collect 24 dozen packs of “D” batteries.
“We’re doing OK,” Field said of maintaining supplies for frantic customers in a hurry to stock-up on essentials before Hurricane Irene heads in. She motioned to the piles of boxes stacked in front of her before adding, “It’s because I’m doing all this.”
This afternoon, there were a couple customers at the registers with baskets filled with batteries and tape. Field added that she always bulks up on supplies in the beginning of August in preparation for hurricane season, which has helped the Variety Store maintain pace with the influx of shoppers this week.
The storm is expected to hit Long Island sometime on Sunday.