Many times I have badgered and pushed you readers to do some basic “prep” in the case of natural or manmade disasters. Were there to be some catastrophic event where you are, could you get yourself and loved ones to safety or keep them safe in place?
Consider that, were services to break down, most people have food and maybe water for about 3 days. After that it is possible that things can go Lord Of The Flies really fast.
This is not a theoretical question in the wake of hurricane Irma.
From the NYT:
Desperation Mounts in Caribbean Islands: ‘All the Food Is Gone’
MARIGOT, St. Martin — At dawn, people began to gather, quietly planning for survival after Hurricane Irma.
They started with the grocery stores, scavenging what they needed for sustenance: water, crackers, fruit.
But by nightfall on Thursday, what had been a search for food took a more menacing turn, as groups of people, some of them armed, swooped in and took whatever of value was left: electronics, appliances and vehicles.
“All the food is gone now,” Jacques Charbonnier, a 63-year-old resident of St. Martin, said in an interview on Sunday. “People are fighting in the streets for what is left.”
Maybe it is time for some of you to read some of the dystopian disaster genre novels which anticipate this sort of scenario and behavior.