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I'm writing from northern Italy, near the epicenter of the "red zone".
All the shops are well stocked and there is no need to stock up.
I fear mostly the mass hysteria due to the fake news that populates the social networks
Australia are running out of commodities like toilet paper.
The result of a self-fulfilling prophesy that it will be running out so by in excess and thus cause it to run out.
In the US, every time there's the possibility of a big storm of some kind the hyped weather reporting (it's always the biggest or worst in some way) cause food hoarding. It wasn't always so - I guess people are (1) obeying their masters (i.e., cell phones) and be (2) are getting stupider by the day.
You can be proud to know you have personally contributed to the problem!
P.S.: I bought four pounds of brown lentils (dry) yesterday . . . they were on sale for US$1 each.
You can be proud to know you have personally contributed to the problem!
Twice I have seen what mass hysteria can do when we were close to the path of hurricanes and you could not find a bottle of water in the stores. I don't fear the virus, but mass hysteria concerns me. So I contribute to the problem? All I have to say is: TOUGH!
Preppers have given a bad name to common sense preparations.
I sure have got a pile of canned food in my basement. Dries soup, too. In my freezer are a couple turkeys ready for baking, and a fair amount of meat. My kitchen cupboards holds about ten kilograms of various flours. I've got a couple kilograms of dried pasta.
Why should the corona virus change this? I always have a stock of dried, canned and frozen food. Similarly, whenever I open my second-to-last tube of toothpaste, I buy four or six new ones on my next buying round. When I open the second-to-last 8-pack of toilet paper, I buy a few more 8-packs. That is just one of my habits.
In a crisis, I might run out of, say, tomato soup so that I will have to eat other soups. I might run out of chicken so I have to eat turkey. But there will be something to eat for several weeks.
I must admit that I do not have a sufficient stock of drinking water. If some poisonous substance gets into the drinking water (and needd for preparing dried foods, bake my bread etc.) I may run into some problems (but I do have the plans ready to remedy that). I should stock up on more drink that can be stored for some time. Maybe I should get a few cases of Corona. Usually, I drink more hoppy beers, but I renewed my familiarity with Corona a couple days ago (it is years since last time I drank it), and I was positively surprised. Great as lighter, fresher alternative.
Maybe, but a fire affects only you, well usually.
Or at least not more than a flood would do. Which still would be quite localized and for certain would not affecting the general availability of food and other necessities.
For a general breakdown of society two weeks isn't enough anyway.
But for the case of a temporary breakdown, those two weeks are just exactly what might make a difference.
I wasn't necessarily talking about lack of general availability...but the idea that stocking up is somewhat pointless if it's all at risk of a fire or flood. If you're more likely to be hit by that, then you might as well just "restock" as most people do.
While I appreciate your stance...isn't this rather moot in the case of a flood or fire?...which to me seem like a much more likely event...
I am not stocking food for prepping as such. I like to have alternatives available, looking over the shelves: What do I want to make today? If I have visitors I do not have to run to the store; I've got enough in house. That it would be helpful in case of a supply shortage is just an additional benefit.
Also, if I for a few months have less income or extra large expenses, I need not spend any money on neither toilet paper, food, propane, shampoo nor other household things. (Actually, that was what many years ago gave me the habit of stocking up: I had rather irregular income, so when I had the money, I spent them on protecting myself against suffering during less profitable periods.)
Around here, a flood is unlikely to affect this house itself. I have actually considered it: I made myself a private "risk analysis" a while ago. My garden would only get flood water from rainfall on a single neighbour lot of about 1500 square meters, any other water would flow away from me, 70 m down to the sea level (if the sea rises by 70 m, we have lost the game in any case ). Yet, I have taken precautions for handling a flush of rainwater from my neighbour.
Fire is always a danger, but I think we are well off in this country: You are by law required to have smoke detectors and fire extinguishers on every floor of your house. You are not required to have a fire hose, but if you do, all insurance companies give you a discount (I currently don't have any, but will have it installed on both floors this summer). We do not use much propane or LNG here, but if you do, the safety requirements for the installation, and the restriction on gas storage, are rather strict. We have strict requirements for fire escape from any room used for "lasting activities", with extra requirements for bedrooms. We have an awareness about it: I've got fire blankets directly available on both floors. For handling smaller incidents such as sparks from the open fireplace, candles tipping over or burns in the kitchen (which isn't a fire, but related), I have placed about eight spray bottles, mostly half liter, a couple of one liter, at suitable places such as by the fireplace, by the kitchen stove, bedside, ... A liter of water cannot stop a fire, but sprayed as fine droplets, it may curb the flames enough to get yourself to a safe place.
Closer to the corona virus is the risk of a power outage. In north Norway, a few years ago during a period of extreme cold (fourty to fifty below zero both on the F and C scale) there was a great risk of a total breakdown of the electric power supply. When the local sherrif was asked what would be the result of a breakdown, he stoically remarked that it would cause the indoor temperature to become significantly closer to the outdoor temperature... In the Norwegian "outback", you must be prepared for power outages of many hours - in the worst cases, for a week.
We traditionally used electric heating a lot. That has changed somewhat, but a heat pump still needs some electricity. I was replacing my kitchen stove with an induction/propane combo, but luckily discovered in time that the propane part had a safety mechanism that would shut down the gas supply if there was no electricity to drive it! (I found another model that could be operated during power outages.
For heating, I have bought myself a couple semi-portable propane heaters. I love my open fireplace; closing its cast iron doors makes it less cosy, but far more efficient as a heater, independent of any electricity. The heat pump normally supplies hot water at about 45 (pumping it higher is less efficient), and I have a propane after-heater that can rise it to 85 C when needed - and in a power outage I can still have at least a lukewarm shower.
This summer I will make another multi-purpose preparation: The potential loss of, or restrictions on use of, water is one of my serious concerns. Most summers we have periods when you are forbidden to water your vegetable garden. The last few years we have had rain showers that could wash all the soil away from your garden. So I will channel the rain water from all my roofs into a five thousand liters cistern. That will reduce "the local flood", it will give me water for my vegetable garden during draughts, and in emergency cases it can be used as drinking water after filtering and boiling. Drinking water is actually quite expensive, so even when there is not a draught in foresight, I will be using it for watering the food plants in my greenhouse, rather than using drinking quality water.
I rarely if ever spend money on catastrophe preparations only; I am certainly not a Prepper (with a capital P). Yet I realize that my preparations for unexpected guests, unexpected economic hardships, against power outages, water outages, ... also prepares me well for "catastrophes" like corona (if it qualifies as such) and a lot else. I really don't understand those people who one hundred percent base their lives on "society" providing all that is needed for the next day, the next week or the next month.
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