The predicted blizzard in New York and New Jersey never happened. Yet take a gander at the stores when people thought they were going to be inconvenienced for a few days.
Imagine if the inconvenience was to last weeks or even months. Imagine also that the inconvenience did not come with prior warning.
And I totally "get" that many of these people live in small apartments, but that's still no excuse for being so low on staples that standing in line for hours to buy bread becomes a necessity. Did you know a compact freezer can be purchased for under $200.00? I understand that a freezer is of no help if the power goes out, but you do what you can do. The times our power has gone out in the winter, our back deck becomes our fridge.
Not only is there cost associated with the time
All the following pictures were real-time tweets I found HERE
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Some great prepper sites:
The Survivalist Blog
The Survival Mom
The Organic Prepper
Back Door Survival
Bad Blue has a Prepper Page