Supplies for storm survivors

Hardware store owner trucks generators Downstate after Capital District spared

— “Going farther Downstate, it was a lot like that new television show ‘Revolution’ about the post-apocalyptic world,” he said. “That’s the best I can compare it to.”

Phillips said about 40 people were waiting outside the store when they arrived in Denville. The generators were given out on a first-come, first-serve basis. The store had no power when they got there, so Phillips and his father waited and helped customers.

Levine had never sold generators, so he needed help explain to customers what to do. Each generator sold for $1,000, a price decided on by Levine. Phillips took a small cut to pay for gas.

By the next morning, all of the supplies had been sold.

When Phillips returned, he began asking residents locally who had purchased generators to put them on sale on Craig’s List, because they were desperately needed Downstate. Residents who felt they needed a generator for future storms could always buy one after recovery efforts had subsided.

“With the snow storm we got in 2010, this is three years in a row we’ve been hit now, “ Phillips said. “We need to be prepared. I was a bit of a skeptic before, but the climate is changing. You don’t wait until the last minute.”

To be prepared for storms, Phillips said each household should have a kit prepared with flashlights, batteries, a kerosene lamp, a radio and homes should have a hard-wired generator. Phillips said a list of emergency items would soon be posted to the company’s website.

“I don’t see the storms as a fluke anymore,” he said. “It’s best to use common sense.”

Donations are now being accepted at all Phillips Hardware locations.

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