posted on Aug, 10 2009 @ 03:48 PM
Originally posted by Pluto64Now what if the power was off for one week? Can’t buy food at the store. Food in the fridge would go
bad. Can’t buy any gas.or get cash out of the ATM machine.
Most people don’t have even 3-4 days worth of food at home, nor do they have any cash on hand either. In this case people will turn into animals to
steal what little is left. Just basic human nature I guess.
This isn't always the case.
My city had power, water and sewer knocked out from a "Flood of the Century" for over two weeks in the dead of winter. We had no civil unrest, no
riots, no looting, and no fighting in the only food store that was open for 3 hours every day (because we had backup generators). No one froze to
death or starved to death either.
Bottled water flew off the shelves and often people would bicker over the last case on the shelves, but other than that everyone was more than
The National Guard came in about day 4 or 5 and rationed out Potable Water. Every family was given 2 Gallons of Drinkable Water a day.
Other than that, people lived by candlelight for that 2 weeks, read books, cooked food on backpacking stoves, had neighborhood campouts and
sing-alongs, and made it through without much difficulty. We stunk and looked like Hippies by the time power, water and sewer were restored, but as a
community our city grew closer together and neighborhoods became stronger and tighter knit.
Of course, the weak just bugged out and jumped in their cars and stayed at relatives houses out of town the moment they found out the outage would
last 2 weeks. However, the poor, the college students, and those without cars or relatives stayed behind and did just fine.
However, I suppose it helps when we have one of the model Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) in the country.