Absolutely. The bird flu is only one of a number of possible events that could occur at any moment. You have to be a fool to not be prepared. I'm
a child of the Cold War. We always had supplies stockpiled. My dad was in the military at the time and he was adamant about it.
The events around Katrina were a wake-up call. You can't count on the government. Any major disruption (bird flu, terrorist act, economic collapse,
earthquake, etc.) and the stores will be emptied of anything useful in a matter of hours. Just getting anywhere will become nearly impossible very,
very quickly. During the Storm of '78 I was living in an area hard hit. My friends and I hiked 3 miles to a grocery store once the storm let up.
The roads were undriveable. When we got there it was emptied of all staples. Milk, bread, eggs, prepared meals, most canned goods, water... all
gone. And this was a LARGE grocery chain. It was several days before the store could get trucks in with new stock. And this was only a blizzard.
Imagine the situation if the event was more widespread and lasted a few weeks --- or longer.
There are always people who spout Spawwwn's POV: I'll get a gun and go get what I need. Notwithstanding the testosterone-fueled bravado of such a
statement there are a few problems with that plan:
First, history shows us that the most important commodities, the survival essentials, disappear within hours.
Second, travel (to and from the stores) quickly becomes next to impossible because of official travel restrictions, huge traffic volumes of
like-minded last minute shoppers and diminishing availability of gas.
Third, even if you were
able to find supplies, acquiring them by force limits the quantities you can carry and transport. We're talking about
the need for weeks of supplies here. How much water can you carry brandishing your pistola?
Fourth, you'll be competing for supplies with large numbers of equally panicked and similarly armed individuals.
Fifth, those of us who have planned ahead and are supplied know that there is a chance that people like you will want our stuff. You'll need to
travel to find us of course, again picking your way through lots of panicked people who want your
stuff, and if you do happen to locate us
you'll find people significantly better armed than you are and at a distinct advantage.
Times are scarier and more unpredictable now than at any time in my lifetime --- I'm 54 and a child of the Cold War, Cuban Missle Crisis, duck and
cover days. I know from whence I speak. It is only prudent for everyone to have a survival plan and stockpile the essentials.
There's alot to think about and when the poop-hits-the-fan there simply won't be time. Do it now. A little bit at a time. But do it now. You'll
be so sorry if you don't and something happens.
[edit on 24-5-2006 by jtma508]