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Saturday, February 27, 2010

So you think you don't really need to be prepared?

We Canadians are a pretty hardy bunch all things considered. We endure crappy weather in all seasons, and insist on talking about the weather all the time. This winter in the Ottawa Valley is much akin to the summer we didn't have in 2009. Not much snow at all. My snow blower has been used twice and both times, a shovel would have been almost a quick and much more eco friendly.

This weekend, a serious snow dump is occurring across the eastern seaboard of the U.S. Many locations such as Washington DC where they usually do not see significant amounts of snow are getting buried. This is a perfect microcosm to examine how the local citizenry react to unexpected adversity when it is clear that govt. services will temporarily be unable to cope with the event. Remember, snow melts and in locations where lots of snow is not the norm, snow usually melts pretty quickly.

The following pictures illustrate how quickly a large retail grocery store can be stripped of almost everything in as little as one business day when the masses decide its time to gather supplies. As always, those who prepare regularly and store supplies for times of adversity were able to avoid all of the pandemonium and of course have everything they need readily at hand.

What do you think your chances are of getting the necessary supplies when you are competing with 95% of your neighbours for the limited stock on a shelf somewhere?

[Avoid the need to gather supplies at the last minute - it's safer and much less stressful]

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