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Re: Why do people...
Being prepared is always a good idea but everyone does not have the space to store rations for a prolonged period. Gas lines may not only be to fill a car's tank. They may also want extra gas to run generators. It wasn't until we got hit with Sandy that how bad it can get became apparent to me since I had never experienced anything like it and my inconvenience was nothing compared to others only a block or two away. Electricity was out for days and without it, gas stations couldn't pump gas. When they finally could and deliveries resumed, they often ran out while you were waiting in line. Food delivery was slow to the stores and they couldn't stock anything other than non-perishables. If you only cooked with electric and didn't have a BBQ, you had to stock edibles that didn't require heating. The list goes on and some people were living in tents in their driveway if they didn't have somewhere to go and the house was damaged or flooded. After all these years, some houses here that were worth a lot of money appear to have been abandoned because they don't have the money to repair them. At least five or six families personally known to me were in that fix.
Storms of that extreme don't happen that often but people panic when they think of something like what happened to Puerto Rico and better being over cautious than not doing enough.