Wright Words: Wal-Mart before a storm is like a zombie apocalypse

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  • ulvegaard Medical Lake, Washington
    Jan. 29, 2014 8:11 a.m.


    When people are not prepared; even slightly, they tend to panic. In our case, for example, I woke up this morning to several inches of snow on the ground (yesterday there was none), and reports of school delays and closures all over the place. No big deal, if we can't get out today, or tomorrow, okay. We weren't going shopping for another week or so anyway.

    But when you live day to day and there is a chance you can't do that tomorrow -- people panic and they start stripping the shelves of anything and everything -- stores will be open in two days, but, like I said, they panic because they can't comprehend anything beyond today, or maybe tomorrow.

    Food storage and such not only prepare us to survive physical problems but also help us learn to cope with the uncertainty of life in general.

  • SLCWatch Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 29, 2014 12:37 a.m.

    Americans are terrible at being prepared you might say but Japan is worse. Although they have great plans in place for the goverment to respond in case of a disaster the population is woefully prepared. Most Japanese people go to the store every day to buy that nights dinner. They have little in the cupboard and even a staple like rice is kept to a minimum because it can be "stale" so quickly and only the freshest will do. It was sad to live their and see so few people aware of how poorly prepared they are in "the land of the shaking ground".

  • ImaUteFan West Jordan, UT
    Jan. 28, 2014 4:22 p.m.

    Hutterite - Honestly, some people around here can't go a day without a trip to Walmart. I think it's daily entertainment for them.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Jan. 28, 2014 2:30 p.m.

    It's a snowstorm. How long do these folks think it's going to be before they can get to wally world again?

  • ulvegaard Medical Lake, Washington
    Jan. 28, 2014 1:59 p.m.

    My senior year in high school - just a month from graduation, the teacher of my humanities class noted that Mormons like to store food. Being the only LDS kid in the class, everyone turned to me with curious stares and asked, WHY? A month later, Mt. Saint Helens erupted and the very same Walmart scenario struck our communities. My guess is my fellow class mates got their answer loud and clear.

    Like bjdoc, we tend to live that way as well. Oh, sometimes we stop at the store because something sounds good, but we live at least 5 miles from the nearest grocery store or gas station and so, unless we really need something, we can't afford to waste the gas. We have a milk cow and chickens - not to mention pigs ready for butchering. We grow a garden, have a pretty good sized orchard -- and our intent is, if we can help others, we want to be prepared to do so.

  • Big Joe V Rancho Cucamonga, CA
    Jan. 28, 2014 12:10 p.m.

    I'm a member of CERT. It is funded by FEMA to train local residents, companies, churches, and other organizations to be prepared and respond if called in teams to assist in the local community and help first responders. It is totally volunteer and free training to whatever level you desire. Good program. I manned an information booth at a local event recently and encouraged those who stopped by to have 3 days of water and food on hand minimum (most do). Then I advised a three week supply would be more realistic (more serious looks). Finally I said you really need a six months supply or more (looks of bewilderment) and asked them "are you going to shoot your neighbors when they come knocking on your door"? Then the looks became somber as they responded "no". Regardless of the news the majority of victims in a disaster respond humanly. Lets be prepared to do so.

  • bjdoc Boise, Idaho
    Jan. 28, 2014 11:46 a.m.

    In the year, 1950 our Bishop asked to sister to the stand. He said, I'm calling you both on a mission to buy nothing for one week. Borrow nothing from a neighbor, and you will be the speakers next week in Sacrament Meeting.
    The first sister to report talked about her many difficulties, and problems with keeping her family and kids happy.
    The second sister stood up and reported| I am sorry Bishop that I have nothing to report. Live went on as usual and I almost forgot about your assignment, since that is the way we always live. Oh how sweet it is to be prepared.

  • Reflectere Utah, UT
    Jan. 28, 2014 9:56 a.m.

    Zombie Apocalypse all-right... is that why the meat and cheese aisle in the background is still packed full of goods?

  • SAMom Ladson, SC
    Jan. 28, 2014 9:30 a.m.

    We always used "back saver" shovels on our 105' driveway They worked for our us as young 60-year olds.

  • my two cents777 ,
    Jan. 28, 2014 8:23 a.m.

    Although I live in the desert where we are not apt to get snowed in we still prepare for any other kind of emergency, because don't want to be the people running to the stores and pushing through a crowd for supplies. We want to be the ones nestled in at home safe and warm and with supplies to last for quite some time. Prepare ahead; have peace of mind. Protect YOUR family.

    Jan. 28, 2014 8:14 a.m.

    We wait forever to start storing food and necessities. We don't save any money. And we don't insure that the snowblower is in good running condition before the first storm. Further, we put off our prayers, scripture study, our family history, and engage in family home evening half-heartedly. Sounds like a modern version of the parable of the Ten Virgins to me...

  • Gail Fitches Layton, UT
    Jan. 28, 2014 7:30 a.m.

    Love the article, except for the part about China. The American people owe China nothing. Let the greedy corporations, industries, banksters, and politicians and organizations making the decisions pay China, but we had no say so in buying junk from China. I want to buy American on everything, and make it an effort to guy what I can made in the USA. That was forced upon us. As for preparing a head of time, that is outstanding advice. Living in Utah, I try to prepare for winter in the fall, just because I work full time and I also take care of my elderly Father, and sometimes the weather is terrible and dangerous. I have found that even when you try to prepare for the worst, there is always something you forgot to get, so preparing early to have extra things on hand is a wise suggestion before the bad weather hits.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Jan. 28, 2014 7:25 a.m.

    Very insightful, Jason! We need to prepare on all levels, and so does government!

    Thanks for a good article.