I was talking to my mom recently about the whole terrorism thing. Up until last week she owned several group homes in California. In California such facilities are required by law to have a weeks worth of food and water on hand in case of earthquake. It's not a bad idea in any case. I remember before Y2K everyone justified stockpiling by saying that if they needed their supplies they'd be glad and if they didn't they'd eat cheap for a few months. Having a few weeks of essentials stored isn't a bad idea in any eventuality. Even if it's just a sudden loss of a job, having what you need on hand is a nice cushion. I remember a few years ago we got hit with really bad spring storms and some people were without power for almost a week. This meant that local stores ran out of ice, dry ice, camp stoves, etc. It's never a bad idea to be prepared. Heck even FEMA says so.
posted by Rachel 9/23/2001
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