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Published: Monday, April 8 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Salt Lake City, UT

Most people in this valley are not prepared, by choice, for an emergency that would require them to live independently for the seven to ten days it would require to re-establish basic city services i.e., water, power and clear roads. We have the money. Instead of owning the newest smart phone, i-what-ever, or super TV/game box a family could have sufficient items to be warm, even in winter, eat and drink sufficient to maintain life and have rudimentary shelter. Shopping at thrift stores would provide the emergency clothing. Acquiring basic cooking skills would allow basic food stuffs to be prepared at minimal cost, and shelter requires basic tools and supplies. Some may share of their excess but few if any will be willing to have their own kin go hungry for another person’s folly in preparedness.

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