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.