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  •  43N, agreed, that's why I have enough for my (10+ / 0-)

    next door neighbor and myself.  Not much but enough to get through a couple weeks.

    In Oct '06 we had a "Winter Storm" that dumped 4 feet across WNY. Leaves were still on all the trees and they came down cutting power to hundreds of thousands of people.

    Life takes on a completely different aspect when you can't turn the water or the lights on for 11 days.

    "Society" is only civil when everything works as it's supposed to.

    I do wonder though, how many of us are of the first type, "self-sufficient"?

    -7.62; -5.95 The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.~Tesla

    by gerrilea on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 01:35:37 PM PST

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    •  The scouting programs and camping used to (6+ / 0-)

      help us develop these skills in our kids.  Urban life made self-sufficiency more difficult because natural elements are not at hand: no wood, no foraging for food, no open fires for cooking and warmth, etc.
      One has to look at all events as providing teachable moments, and the weather systems have provided many.  But simple things like locating the exits to any place one enters are seldom taught anymore.  Those of us who grew up during the Civil Defense era in the forties and fifties understand the importance of situational awareness, preparedness and safety drills.

      Building a better America with activism, cooperation, ingenuity and snacks.

      by judyms9 on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 03:00:57 PM PST

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