Hurricane Sandy is bearing down on the east coast of the US and people are starting to freak out. Store shelves are emptying quickly with lines of people forming to buy water, candles and canned foods. Gas stations are busier than usual with people filling up their vehicles and extra gasoline containers. Home improvement stores like Lowes and Home Depot are swamped with people buying batteries, flashlights, propane and generators. Many stores are already sold out of these items and the storm is still 2 days away.
Locals in Ocean County have already begun stocking up on the necessities. At the Stop & Shop store in Jackson this afternoon, the supermarket’s parking lot was packed with cars of patrons likely trying to beat the after-school rush. Cases of water bottles were flying off the shelves, leaving some empty already. Trying to keep up, stock workers were simply placing new cases on the aisle floors — easier access. Bread shelves were emptying quickly as well. Shoppers toting carts overflowing with mainly non-perishable goods waited in lines for cashiers, ignoring the usual “12 items or less” lanes.
While all of this pandemonium is going on most preppers are simply inventorying their items and making sure everything is where it is supposed to be. Once inventories are completed they double check BugOut gear and primary/secondary routes in case evacuation becomes necessary. Power outages, even extended ones, have long been one of the standard conditions to be ready for on the prepper checklist and thus do not stir up any consternation. Preppers have no need to stand in long lines for food as they have plenty already, probably enough to last at least a year. They have enough water stored in their home to last a few weeks and quite possibly months. If their stored water supply runs out they have many ways to filter water in order to make it potable. It goes without saying that if the situation escalated to a point where self preservation (read: defending the home from looters) became necessary, preppers generally have no concerns. Preppers look upon the masses who are herding into the stores at the last minute, and if they could say one thing it would probably be this: “The concept of being prepared for uncertain times doesn’t quite seem so crazy anymore now does it?”