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A woman shops in one of the few supermarkets open with limited electricity three days after Hurricane Irma swept through the Naples, Fla., area in September.

Viewpoint: Supermarkets: The pillars of communities

When communities experience natural disasters, supermarket step up to the plate to offer assistance

The events of the past few months illustrate the devastating impact natural disasters can have on a society. First, it was Hurricane Harvey, bringing unprecedented rainfall and destructive flooding to east Texas. Less than a month later, Hurricane Irma wreaked havoc on Florida and the Southeast. And shortly after Irma touched down, Hurricane Maria devastated several Caribbean islands, including Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

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