Fearing increases in the prices of basic items as a result of (disaster), officials in (state or municipality) have declared a state of emergency whereby restrictions on "price gouging" are now in effect. According to (politician or law enforcement official), the law is designed to protect innocent consumers from "unconscionable" increases in the prices of food, gasoline, ice, electric generators, and home-repair services. The unintended, unseen consequences, however, are predictable, unfortunate, and avoidable.
If the goal is eliminate shortages of critical goods in Alabama and Kentucky by directing scarce resources as quickly as possible to the areas where they are needed the most, then there's no mechanism more efficient than the price system to achieve that outcome. Just like an earthquake, hurricane, flood or massive price breaks don't change the fundamental laws of physics, gravity or aerodynamics, those disasters also don't change the basic laws of supply and demand.
And it's those market forces, not political rhetoric, that are the best friend of the disaster victims. Suppressing the very price mechanism that most effectively eliminates critical shortages after a natural disaster for political reasons will certainly make the situation worse, not better; and the recovery period longer, not shorter - and those are the unintended, but inevitable consequences of "price gouging" laws.