Personally, I’ve been a little lax in my home preparedness until I heard reports a few weeks back. I wasn’t as concerned about the virus. However, considering the people trampled to death during Black Friday every year, I was worried about people making a run on the grocery stores. Luckily, I stocked up on necessary non-perishable foods and toiletries a few weeks ago, as I really should have had them anyway.
Right now, you are seeing some questionable actions by customers in some stores related to supplies, even if it’s just crankiness from waiting in line for hours. “Just in Time” management on inventory meeting mass panic, exposes the weakness for this very popular strategy. Grocery stores usually only have a day or two supply for normal customer activity, and this means more empty shelves during times like this. IMO, if you have at least three weeks supply of daily necessities, customer overzealous purchases will reach a saturation point and things will start to normalize.
Personally, I’ll make a daily trip to the store and pick up one or two things as they become available (not bulk, but an inconspicuous amount) just to satisfy daily requirements and maintain emergency supplies. For example, one of my main meals is ground beef with vegetables. A few days ago the ground beef was stripped from the shelves. So when I saw they restocked, I just purchased one or two small packages to get me through a day or two and reduce dependence on my emergency food.