Many of us are now poignantly aware at how fragile our infrastructure is on the east is as well as how easy it takes for tempers to flare.
Many gas lines saw acts of violence and police presence was necessary at nearly all functioning stations.
What are some lessons we can learn from this devastating storm for next time?
1. BE PREPARED! Fail to prepare, prepare to fail...it's your choice! Be sure to have a generator, at least 25 gallons of fuel to run the generator. Also have several extension cords of suitable length for the generator. Consider small propane operated devices for both cooking and heating. Plenty of canned or freeze dried food, water. Don't get fancy...just the basics.
2. Have plenty of illumination tools on hand with batteries, quality led flashlights, led/propane lanterns, etc. A good headlamp is invaluable and useful for hands free work in the dark.
3. Consider freezing several gallon sized bags of water. They can be used to keep the freezer and refrigerator cold and be used for drinking after they melt if need be.
4. Several defensive options for protection if necessary. While firearms are the most obvious choice also be sure to have non-lethal options at your disposal such as pepper spray, impact weapons, etc. Don't just buy theses tools and throw them in the closet or safe for "the next time" TRAIN WITH THEM AND LEARN THEIR STRENGTHS AND LIMITATIONS!
5. Proper mindset! Probably the most important consideration is to stay calm and focused. Understand the situation and do your best to control what you can. Accept the fact that things will be uncomfortable for awhile and accept it. Embrace the suck and get through it!
While these are some basic tips hopefully many of us will have the foresight to be better prepared for the next crisis.
Remember, "An ounce of preparation is worth a pound of cure"!