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...
I don’t know how to reply all so you may want to resend this. I completely agree with you. Governor Christie and the power companies made damn sure to get power and gas to the inner cities right away. Newark was down for just a few hours. The only reason we had three days before things got out of hand was because I live in a rural area of NJ (yes, they exist). Once the crowds found out that 2 or 3 stations by us had generators and could dispense gas it was utter chaos. I went to make a quick run to town and it took me 4 hours to get back because the hordes had descended on this one gas station and there was no way to turn around. I learned a lot that day.