There doesnt seem to be a debate IF there will be some kind of event....just what kind. Will the event that sends you home to your stash be like Katrina or more like Mad Max (This is a reference to the movies Mad Max, Mad Max 2 and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome).
Now - looking at the 2, Katrina would be the "easy" scenario - but was it really?
Electricity - GONE
Water - GONE / Contaminated
Food - Grocery stores GONE
Shelter - if you have it still standing - ISOLATED / On your own / In shelters
Emergency Help - GONE
Looting - CHECK
Confiscating Firearms - CHECK
Life/Death Situations - CHECK
So what was "easy" about Katrina?
Katrina offered us the opportunity to see in one area what WILL happen just about nationwide when people become desperate. When they are cold....when they are scared....when there isnt clean water....when there isnt enough food.....when local law enforcement fears their armed citizens.... when people are faced with choices they didnt prepare for or see coming.
Again...YOU NEED TO PREPARE...more than just food, clean water, sanitation, protection - you need to mentally walk yourself through some of the situations people in New Orleans faced. What would you do about neighbors who are hungry? What would you do if people try to loot? What would you do if the Police knocked on your door and DEMANDED you turn over all firearms?
What if you have to flee? Does each of your family members have a bug out bag - 72 hour kit? A bag filled with what keep your family member alive, fed, warm, for 72 hours? What about your car? How prepared is your car? How full is your gas tank? What if it stalls in this freezing weather? What if highways are gridlocked and this is where you find yourself? What if you have to stay in your car during this time? What if you are having to move out of the city immediately?
Not only do you need to prepare your home and your car to take care of your family, you need to prepare your family for certain situations. Mentally prepare....mentally prepare for hard decisions....mentally prepare for feeling isolated....mentally prepare to keep your faith up that you will get through this situation.
Survival is not just about keeping the body fed, its about keeping the SPIRIT FILLED....
**Please also know the laws of your city and state. At the time of the event, it may seem like law and order are on vacation, but it will COME BACK. When you make decisions, remember you may/will answer for those decisions at a later time. Know the rules - know the consequences of your actions.