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I keep some extra water, and I also have a hand crank generator that I can run some small appliances on or charge my phone if I need to, but it is a lot of work to keep something going on that. I don't have food I've specifically stored for
I keep some extra water, and I also have a hand crank generator that I can run some small appliances on or charge my phone if I need to, but it is a lot of work to keep something going on that. I don't have food I've specifically stored for emergencies, but usually I'd be okay for at least a few days with canned or dry food. I would not say I'm super prepared though. I've been lucky so far in that I've never been without power for more than maybe 4 hours before.
I don't see the point in the extreme prepping that the people on tv do. If things get THAT bad, I don't want to be around for it.
Oh...I was not talking (in this post anyway) about that "end of the world" prepping. I mean like the storm we just had...some people really go overboard and buy six weeks of food, water and supplies (knowing, in the worst case, the storm could have us locked in for three days). Then there are those who just do a "little but appropriate for the event" prep (that's me, I think). We got a couple six packs of water, made sure our flashlights were charged, filled our cars, and made sure we had "cooking not needed" food on hand to last about five days. On the other end are those people who just did nothing.
I know one young couple who work with me, and they knew this storm was coming for days. They got iced in their apartment, and had no power, no flashlights (beyond a keychain one that went out after half an hour). They had not charged their phones, had no cash on hand (in a power outage, a credit card is useless). They had some canned food, and their electric can opener was useless. They ended up walking two miles, in the icy dark night, to get to a McDonalds, so they could sit in a warm place. They wouldn't have even had enough cash for a Happy Meal between them (despite the fact they are both making good money...but use plastic, not cash, ever) had the McDonalds not been giving away food and coffee. They spent the whole night and next day there!!! Sorry, that sounds pretty miserable to me. I will take prepping a bit any day.