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Never heard of this oil crisis you speak of in 73, waaayyy before my time, and never knew the country experienced so many vital shortages like these before.
I think your parents would respond best to the idea of a prolonged power outage like after Sandy. Living where you do I don't see why they wouldn't know that already though, but some folks are just hard to convince. Tell them your fears, maybe if they see it the way you do they would understand.
You need to strengthen and exercise whatever useful limbs you have. You have the time so maybe the best use of your situation is to research every subject you think you will need to know about - indoor gardening, recycling household waste, water purification and usage, cooking without electricity, alternate heating methods, etc.
I'm a bit stuck myself, disabled but can't go more than a few hundred yards on these legs. Still, it's enough to making bugging out impossible for me without a vehicle. So I'm still figuring out how to manage everything in my house wiith my wife, my elderly mother who is disabled, 3 cats, a dog, possibly any of 4 sons, 2 of their wives and our grandkids if they decide it's safer with us. At least they know they will be able to eat for a few months at our house.
Well, I wish you luck. I used to teach survival classes so if there's anything specific I can answer for you or book to recommend let me know.
Since it might be impossible for someone living where you do to legally obtain a weapon may I suggest getting a battery operated tape recorder and putting the sounds of someone chambering rounds in to a shotgun on tape - or a very mean sounding dog. Leave a petfood dish outside or maybe an old leash. Someone comes looking to break in just play the tape loud enough to sound real. Then there's always the "this property protected by Smith & Wesson" sticker that might be discouraging should someone see it on your window.
Nothing to lose in bluffing, What doesn't discourage outright might at least slow someone down. Knowledge is critical but so is creativity in survival. Despite all the survival books we had read my teaching partner and I still discovered new methods of doing things no one had written about in addition to finding new uses for common items.
Brain power and a good attitude are the most important tools you have.edit on 22-11-2013 by Asktheanimals because: (no reason given)