Following a widespread power outage resulting from a wind storm that ripped through western Washington, several news reports read as follows:
“A lot of people ventured out from their own dark apartments in search of food only to find that so many of the local restaurants were closed too.”
“Gone were the neon lights as blocks and blocks of Capitol Hill clubs and eateries lost power during the storm.”
“One shop still had power, and the manager said hungry customers had been pouring in all night.”
“I moved into a new unit and just realized my oven doesn’t work,” “I thought it was gas but I guess it’s electric.”
An MSB reader sent me the news report and said,
I find it interesting and informative that many of the residents, mostly young 20-30 somethings, didn’t seem to be prepared, and at least one didn’t know whether his stove was electric or gas.
The storm was predicted (pretty accurately) for several days, so those who wanted to prepare had plenty of time to do so. Makes me wonder how many of these folks would handle an extended emergency (the Washington state Emergency Management Department [EMD] recommends two weeks minimum for preparedness).
Apparently the news report was from a neighborhood of 20 to 30 somethings. I’m sure there are MANY communities that fit this demographic all over the country.
No Food At Home?
What struck me most when reading this was the apparent desperation for a meal:
People venturing out in search of food only hours into the power outage. Evidently it occurred around dinner time and when ‘they’ found the one shop with power still on, the place was packed as people poured in looking for food.
Years ago when I worked in the SF Bay area I recall the fact that a majority of people had hardly any food under their roofs.
Why? Because most all of them would never (hardly ever) eat at home. They always ate out – usually somewhere in their neighborhood. They had their regular spots where they would go to eat. From morning coffee right through dinner time their routines for eating always had to do with a shop or restaurant.
Not only was it expensive, but it left an alarming gaping hole in their preparedness (of which they had none to begin with).
I now live in quite the opposite environment where most people ‘eat in’ and have food on their shelves. But I can’t help but imagine how quickly most people would be in trouble if there ever were a major widespread event that disrupts the modern way of life.
So here’s the question (questions):
Do any of you observe this out there?
(people eating out all the time and little to no food at home)
Is the 20-30 something demographic actually less prepared than others? Or is that too broad a generalization…
Or is it related more to the location demographic? City dwellers?
What will they do if and when it really hits the fan? How badly might they actually affect the rest of us who are prepared? Or will they just stay in their own neighborhoods?
Is there a market for freeze dried pizza in #10 cans?