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Batteries: The Safety Net During Sandy

Ben Reiser
A new shipment of batteries arrives at CVS in Westport on Sun., Oct. 28, the day before Hurricane Sandy is expected to hit.

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On a day when hurricane preparations meant gas stations running out of gas, photos of Compo Beach appearing in The Los Angeles Times, and water beginning to flood streets near the shoreline, maybe it wasn’t surprising that acquiring batteries became a big deal.

So at around 4:30 p.m., when a large shipment of Duracell batteries arrived at CVS by truck from New York City, 15 to 20 Westport residents met the truck with joy—in fact, some had been waiting for upwards of three hours.

“It was a huge relief to finally get these batteries,” said Caroline Prangley ’13, who had been waiting for the truck for two and a half hours. “It took quite a while, but the wait will be worth it, especially during a storm of this size.”

When the pallet of batteries was taken off the truck into the store, the customers formed a line alongside the people waiting for prescriptions. A CVS employee then actually opened the individual boxes on the floor in front of the customers, who reached directly into the boxes for batteries of all sizes.

“I have some C batteries on top; does anyone need C’s?” the employee asked.

No takers.

“Okay, who needs D batteries?”

There were more than a few shouts.

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