Meanwhile, media are reporting on shortages in Florida as if those are solely the result of the storm and not from bad state policies that dissuade outsiders from taking any unusual step to bring essential supplies in.
If you are compassionate and want to make sure your friends, neighbors, and fellow citizens can still have access to necessities during a crisis, don't impose a good-sounding government policy that ignores basic economics. It'll make things worse, not better.
I'm reminded of what happened to carpenters, tree-removal firms, generator retailers, and others in North Carolina after Hurricane Fran, as then–Attorney General Mike Easley took to the airwaves repeatedly warning about price gouging.
The anti–price gouging law is a government price ceiling that tends to create shortages in necessities by keeping their prices during a disaster "fair." The governor, by relaxing certain regulations, is able to lower the regulatory costs of providing those necessities, which helps offset the bad effects of the anti–price gouging law.