Preparedness is necessary for real, practical reasons. One of them isn't
the impending apocalypse. Therefore, one should stock up on real, practical
items and not just lots of food and guns. What are we seeing on the east coast?
People seem to need gasoline. Couple 20 litre cans is a good idea. You need it
for the lawn mower anyway. Power and lighting are another concern. You've
got a humdred pounds of vac pack noodles but no light. What's with that?
Get some candles and LED based electric lighting on hand. And get a decent AM/FM
radio. Cel phones and internet are incredibly fragile infrastructure that do NOT
survive a prolonged power outage. Get a couple of 20 pound propane tanks and a
camp stove kicking around. Don't go out and try to get a bunch of bottled
water. Always have a bunch of camp water jugs around you can fill. You've
got a hot water heater full of free water. And a car with lots of electric power
if you know how to use it properly.