In case you thought you could wait until the last minute to grab food and other survival gear, take a moment to consider what I call “Decapitated Chicken Syndrome”.
Have you ever seen the lines at grocery and hardware stores go literally to the back of the store? I have.
In fact I’ve seen it happen several times in one year, and yes in the U.S.
And the things everyone was grabbing was to last them only a week or so, not indefinitely.
What caused all the fuss? A mere hurricane warning. Well, 4 in one year actually, in 2004. Waiting in line for potentially hours isn’t the best way to spend time trying to get ready. It also doesn’t help when there’s things like price gouging, or out of stock shelves. The roads packed. Long lines at every gas station, grocery store, hardware store, etc. People fighting over things. Out of stock items from ice to gas to can food to batteries. Everyone on edge. Trying to get ready if only they didn’t have to stand in line for hours on end just to get home at dark.
Everyone scrambling fanatically, like chickens that just had their heads cut off.
Considering it’s easy to argue that we’re on the brink of collapse, now imagine what how things would be once everyone realized total system collapse were imminent.
Some words of advice: do your best to buy things you know you’ll use in big quantities. You’ll save money that way if you shop it right. You’ll spend less time traveling in waiting in everyday lines and traffic. And besides, the prices of literally everything is constantly climbing upwards, while money in the bank loses value via inflation. If hyper-inflation occurs you’ll have REAL money, that is, items of actual value. And you’ll have that many less things to worry about getting should there be some natural or economic disaster.
And since I mentioned ice and hurricanes, here’s another tip: Don’t wait until the last minute and then scramble to grab bags of ice for too much. Instead, several days before its supposed to hit, fill up ‘tupperware’ containers half full of water and freeze them. Don’t fill them to the top otherwise the ice will expand and be near impossible to remove. Odds are the containers will crack anyways. We bought bags for the first hurricane, and then the power didn’t go out for long enough to justify the ice. The second time around, I did the ice block trick. It turned out we did need the ice that time, and even after the power was back on the ice blocks lasted over 8 days. Bagged ice melts in 1-3 days.