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Thursday, March 5. 2020
Paranoids love to have a teensy bit of fact to appear to justify their habitual fearfulness, and preppers love having a reason to justify their prepping. I feel those people just find it exciting, but most people I talk to just joke about the hysteria.
What a crazy world! If you ask me, a 6-month supply of peanut butter and jelly, and a bag of flour, ought to take care of it. Maybe 50 bags of chips, and how many cases of beer? Store Shelves Across The Country Are Emptying Fast
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I don't do the prepping thing. I guess that I'll just have to hope for the best. But among serious preppers, they always have one of those bean sprouting kits.
"preppers love having a reason to justify their prepping. / and how many cases of beer?"
As a prepper, I have my own still. Do it that way and you're realllllllly ready. for SHTF or a good long weekend, dealers choice.
Oh and have the boat too in case things get proper stupid.
In my area, the masks were the first to go, about a month ago. Checked Lowe's and Ace and they both invited me to come back when the next truck arrived, but when pressed they admitted that their orders had been on backorder for some time with no improvement to forecast. The Ace guy told me it was all being quietly diverted to Health Care workers.
Hand sanitizer has not been on the shelves for a few weeks now, same story, no line of sight on when it might return. Now, with the DIY formulas out there (isopropyl alcohol and Aloe Vera gel) the alcohol is mostly gone too. The odd straggler of 70% might be on the shelves, but 91% is hard to come by. I got some today by approaching the stockman after I spotted a couple of cartons on the bottom of his cart. Our local groceries are limiting the number of products related to COVID or flu-associated to 5 per purchase.
There's still plenty of beer.
The hospital tells me they have a 3-step protocol being followed by those coming to the facility, starting with a few questions at Check-in. It escalates depending upon the answers and of course, the direct observations.
I watched (and was part of) a run on my local pharmacy yesterday. I was in line to buy a bag of chips because I was hungry. Someone else evidently noticed that a box of hand sanitizer was behind the cashier (not put out yet). As I was still standing in line at least 30 to 40 people then materialized and were walking into the store in less than a minute, all wanting the hand sanitizer. The cashier brought out the manager who said purchases were limited to one per person until they ran out. People kept on coming in the store. Since I was already in line to buy my chips I could have gotten a hand sanitizer also as I bought my chips but I didn't, because I think the whole thing is just ridiculous. Unless you're using it constantly you are not going to get any real protection from hand sanitizer, and I'm not going to buy into the stupid panic.
How did so many people get there so quickly? I assume someone in the store must have texted it to someone else, and within seconds it was everywhere.
Other than seeing one du mb as s in the grocery story today with a surgical mask, the stores in my town seem to be well stocked and I don't see people hoarding supplies. I'm sure the fools are out there, but our town is pretty conservative - not many people listen to the hysterical media on MSNBC and CNN - so maybe that has something to do with it. Either that or we've got a lot of retirees who either figure they won't outlive a large jar of mayonnaise or they've lived thru similar hysterias in the past and recognize bu ll sh it when they see it.
....and NO, I'm not telling you where I live because we don't want you coming here and having a hissy fit because we won't sell you all our TP.
I'm calling BS on this article. In my area the supermarket and drug store shelves are still completely stocked.
Oh, the articles were from the NY Times and Zerohedge. That explains the fake news...
People who are REALLY wealthy can spend the equivalent of "pocket change" to prepare for TEOTWAWKI ("The End Of The World As We Know It") and not feel the pinch. It's the equivalent of disaster insurance for them.
I guess I’m the only one who routinely and seasonally cooks for the freezer. Applesauce in the fall; red sauce in the summer; plain old field tomatoes and corn when they are cheap in September. Fruit coffee cakes when blueberries and peaches are really ripe. Stocks bags and bags of frozen baby peas and butter when they are on sale at Shaw’s. Freezes my bags of rice, white, jasmine, basmati and mixed. And 10 lbs of this season’s pecans from my cousins in Mississippi.
But why are people buying water when most get their water from their town? What the heck?
Not the only one and that's not prepping or hoarding.
It's normal living.
For us anyway.
Grow stuff when weather is suitable. freeze or can for when it's not.
Grow animals, butcher them and freeze it because .. food. Your families eat every day.
It isn't paranoia if it's true. We do not know how bad it will get or how many people will die. We do know that our hospitals are not set up for or designed to handle a pandemic. If this get's bad, Wuhan bad, you will die at home without medical care. What they tell you on TV is intended to calm you and prevent you from panicking. You cannot prevent infection by wearing a mask and you cannot wash your hands often enough to prevent contamination that way.
At WORST, the death rate for most people will be under a half-percent. We can't trust Chinese statistics, but South Korea has a good track record, and had a fairly severe outbreak.
Death rate for those under 30 years old: 0.0% The elderly fare much worse; 3-5%.
And all of the US fatalities have been over 70.
Nothing wrong with some light prepping, guided by experience. Every couple of years we San Antonios get a big influx of short-term evacuees from Gulf Coast hurricanes (Houston, Galveston, and Corpus Christi folks), and the stores start running short of bread, water, milk, and prepared foods. So there's my prep list, right there. Add some charcoal for the grill and a couple bottles of cocktail base, and I'm good to go.
The photos of empty shelves were probably cherry picked.
Our local Wal-Mart always has gaps in the aisles where they haven't yet restocked.
Our groceries are doing mostly fine too, plenty of produce, all the regular cooking supplies and canned goods, and traffic patterns appear to be normal.
But - at the supermarkets and at the chain pharmacies, ask or check about the key germ/virus fighting essentials: Disinfectants, disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizers, anti-bacterial hand soaps, bleach, rubbing alcohol, flu remedies. In my locality, the stores usually carry these products from multiple providers and also store generic brands. For most of the categories above, the shelves are completely bare. The other stocks in the rest of the stores are fine.
I have a big pantry with a chest freezer and typically could be OK for a month if I had to, aside from fresh veggies and dairy. So I'm not worried - just paying attention.
Recently, I saw a picture of media-tards taking a picture in a supermarket, they had emptied shelves and set items aside to take pics of empty shelves.
I guess there are no stock pictures of empty shelves anywhere.