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W Balboos, GHB21-May-20 2:24
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Member 798912221-May-20 5:17
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You seem to take for granted that no emergency situation will cause the transportation system to break down; you can always get stuff from other places. The physical transportation facilities will not break down, and there will be people to operate them.

That is certainly the case for a number of emergency classes, but not for all. Even if the facilities are available, the truck drivers may be in quarantine, hospital or bed with the pandemic. Borders may be closed (even state borders in the US!). The supplier may be unable to deliver the goods because the production facilites are closed down due to a pandemic.

When I was a boy, my parents bought a year's supply of potatoes, carrots and other vegetables in fall. During summer, we picked berries for making jam that lasted through the winter. We bought 25 kg of dried stockfish. We had firewood and coke for the next year delivered by truck... For many years, I thought of that as the normal, having a stock of essentials to last for at least six months. Maybe that never was generally true, but I believe that there has been a real change over the last fifty years: Today, there are very small stocks in most areas of business - not just food, but everywhere. Parts, raw materials, finished products that can cover a sudden increased demand (e.g. for TP...). The less capital bound in stocks, the higher the profits! But it makes the activity far more sensitive to broken supply paths.

Going inland or to another state to stock up may work for a week or two, maybe even four - it all depends on how large area is hit by the emergnecy. If the entire nation is hit, supplies may dry out quite rapidly. If diesel oil is the first to dry out, it may have ripple effects on the lots of other supplies as well.

It all depends on how large catastophes you want to be prepared for. If the second wave comes with ten times the strength of the current one, and society is completely locked down - you are not allowed to leave your village or city district - and it lasts for half a year, then you could benefit from keeping a larger stock. If you take for granted that nothing worse will happen than a hurricane passing by, then you don't need much of a food locker in your basement.
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