Food fight in Dixie
Here I thought the people of Georgia were shining examples of fine Southern hospitality until a few days ago when I read a news story about these fine people ransacking grocery stores and fighting with each other over milk and loaves of bread. The news article had pictures of a number of food stores with empty shelves as if they were facing the end of civilization. We know of course this mayhem was caused by the approach of that first snow and ice storm and not Armageddon.
Why you may ask am I picking at this sore again? I know I have already written a lengthy posting about hurricane Sandy, its aftermath and how to be better prepared for such disasters, but like teaching children it seems that millions of people never learn from past disasters. By past of course for those in Georgia it would have been only days since the last ice storm and its aftermath so we see how quickly people forget. Yes it is obvious that during this second wave of snow and ice many did learn the hard lesson of being prepared, but why did it take a major storm to learn what my mother would call common sense?
One would think that knowing of the coming storm and the possibility of roads covered in ice that people would think maybe they should have a few extra supplies on the shelf in case something like that happens again. It appears that many still did not take the hint and waited until the last minute to buy supplies. Stupidity or laziness dealers choice as far as I can see. Yes I understand that many stores did not ‘totally’ restock in the short period of time between storms but could not one travel further even if need be to other cities and shop there?
And more importantly does the lack of supplies on store shelves entitle people to fight each other for that last loaf of bread? If this is how we react with just a simple snow storm I wonder what would happen if there was a breakdown in our infrastructure and shipments were delayed weeks or even months? Would I be reading about people being stabbed or shot instead of simple fights breaking out?
I have written several articles about ‘prepping’, or being prepared for any eventuality and I am sure that just like my son who hears me say again and again stock your shelves and have plenty of extra food and water on hand the message will go unheeded. This common sense ‘prepping’ is just in case.. You may be wondering in case of what….well anything from a hurricane and power failure to a snow storm or even the breakdown in the supply lines that restock our store shelves. It is just plane common sense to have extra food, medicine and water around. I am not saying to have entire rooms for extra supplies like most of us in the wilderness have, but would it hurt to have a few cartons of food in the garage along with a number of gallon containers of water?
Not all the people of Georgia got the message from that first storm
….hopefully now we all have learned a lesson.