The tourist season has ended, and winter is coming in place of it. Restaurants will close, snow will fall, and there’s the possibility of multiple power outages as well. Citizens are encouraged to prepare their homes for winter and such possibilities.
Many will take opportunities now to stock up on non-perishables for days when snow or ice makes going shopping near impossible. In addition, getting non-perishable food right now can be a big help during November, December, and January, when many people are out of work and unable to afford more groceries. Hopefully the shutdown will end soon, and the employees that have been furloughed will be working (and getting paid) again.
While out buying perishables, it might also be a good idea to look into buying some flashlights and batteries. Blackouts during winter are fairly common, and flashlights are easier and safer than candles or matches. A tactical flashlight in particular (as sold at the local outdoor store, GearHeads) is helpful due to long lasting battery life and overall brightness.
Citizens will also be stocking up on blankets and warm clothes as much as possible. To save money, many households may not use heating systems (if they even have them) so warm clothes and blankets are invaluable right now. For those that are lucky enough to afford to keep the heat on or who have extra blankets or coats feel free to donate them to Wabi-Sabi or one of the other thrift stores. Buying for quality is all well and good, but there are plenty of people who cannot afford hundred-dollar winter coats.
In the meantime, citizens will stock up on food, firewood, and wait out the winter months until spring comes, and the town can breathe again.
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