Thanks for that first hand account.
Strange how even here on FR there are people who think prepping is crazy. Even when they hear firsthand accounts like yours it seems to pass right over them.
I remember seeing scenes of Sarajevo during the '94 Winter Olympics and thinking how tranquil the city looked ...how much like my own home town in the US.
A decade later Sarajevo descended into Hell.
You don't know if your power will come back in one day or one month. You don't know if your water out of the faucet is safe to drink. If you have a tree in the middle of your house, and it didn't kill you, you are thankful.
Anyone who has been through a situation like that, and doesn't prepare for it the next time, is not smart enough to live, and may not the next time.
And, some of these people think we want it to happen. I dread hurricane season every year - I do not want that to happen. From June through October, I know if I want to live and have good water and food and be cool and be able to cook, I had better be prepared. People who don't, are fools.
I completely appreciate Matt's exploits post-Sandy. The only quibble I have is the timeline.
I pointed it out a long time ago on another Prepper thread. The veneer of civility will peel away not within days, but within HOURS of the event.
1977 - NYC Blackout - grid goes offline at 9:30, riots/looting start 90 minutes later;
1992 - Miami with Andrew - the looting started even before the winds died down;
1992 - Los Angeles - trial verdict announced, the city burns an hour later;
2005 - NOLA during Katrina - chaos starts hours BEFORE the storm makes landfall;
2011 - London, UK riots - protest starts at 6PM, riots start three hours later;
Folks, the breakdown of civility is only a Molotov cocktail's throw away...