First, I had to think of my environment. I live in a medium sized city close to New York City. If i left my condo it would take me 15 minutes to walk to the train station. From there, i can hop on the express train and be in Grand Central Terminal 40 minutes later. Then 10 minutes walking and you arrive in Times Square, so yeah i am in the Urban Environment. Items useful to you lucky people living in rural areas would be useless to me. The idea of local governments breaking down and a free-for-all ensuing seems far fetched; however, i would like to point out the weeks following Katrina in New Orleans. What about the Rodney King Riots in LA? Yup, the local government lost control for a period of time. If a disaster takes out the power for several weeks you will be on your own. Cities depend on services bringing in supplies and bringing waste out. Population centers are really a fragile thing. When the fabric that holds these large communities unravels Riots are sure to ensue.
Second, I thought "where will i be when it goes down?" Will i be home reading your blog? will I be at work? Will my wife be at work? If my wife and I are in separate locations a different course of action will be required. Should we have a central kit in the house and little kits in our cars? Sounds like a good idea and i will implement this.
Third, Time of year. Here in New England we have four seasons. New England weather can throw everything at you: 100 degree days, 0 degree days, snow, sleet, rain, and my least favorite wind. Planning for a survival kit in New England can turn into a logistical nightmare, because you can't pick up and run with a years worth of clothing.
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