During this last major cold snap, I heard a story on NPR (National Public Radio), it’s the only radio station we can pick up out here, it’s quite a bit left leaning for our tastes, but we take that into consideration when we listen, especially to the news stories.

So this story was about (yet another) major cold snap that was about to hit major parts of the USA, there were going to be states of emergency declared because of the snow, ice and very low temps. There were going to be school and business closings.

The thing that really caught my attention, the thing that surprised me (but probably shouldn’t have) is the talk about “runs on the stores”, they were preparing for, get this, being potentially shut in for, are you ready for this, 2 days! Yes, I said it, people panicked and cleared out shelves in grocery stores because they might be shut in for as much as 2 days.

I am shocked and dismayed that people aren’t even prepared to be home for just a couple of days, I have been preaching it from the rooftops about being prepped for a week, 2 weeks, a month or more.

I have seen what happens when people get scared, I have seen what happens when things go just a little bad, believe me the last place you want to be in an emergency is in the grocery store fighting over the last bottle of water and loaf of bread.

If this was only going to be a couple of days in length, why weren’t more people prepared to “survive” a few days in their homes, why did there need to be a run on the stores? This is such a telling thing, come on folks, pull your head out and get yourself in better shape. This was just a tiny taste of what can happen, I wonder how things would go if there were a real emergency with power outages and entire cities shut down?

Get up and look in your kitchen right now, what if you couldn’t leave your home for the next week, 2 weeks or longer, how long could you survive with what you have in your pantry? What if you couldn’t go to the store, or what if the stores were stripped of their food, would you be able to stay in for any length of time?

If your answer is “uh-o”, then you need to begin asap working on a backup plan for you and your family. You can start even on the tightest of budgets, don’t wait until it’s too late, you can start here:

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