This last week I had an experience that fundamentally shook me to the core. A grocery store nearby is going out of business, and they’ve had progressively deeper discounts as they get closer to their close date. It eventually got to the point that I thought I’d stop in there and see what they had left.
Well, to call that experience jarring is an understatement. In retrospect I wasn’t sure what I was expecting. It certainly wasn’t what I saw when I walked in the door. Let me take a minute to describe the scene.
Picture in your mind a couple dozen people pawing through what few items were on the shelves, looking for anything they think is worth buying. I even saw people arguing about who got what item first. This was a major regional grocery store, and there were entire aisles with less than ten items on the shelves.
Rudy’s Note: It was interesting what people were looking for and what was left on the shelves. I was able to pick up some things that would be valuable in a SHTF situation for pennies on the dollar. Canning supplies, dried milk, and some other interesting stuff. I wonder how many people would just walk right past things that are important in favor of what they’re used to if TSHFT.
A few years ago we had a few major weather events that resulted in trucks not being able to get to our area on schedule. There were significant shortfalls in the stores to the point that they were selling out of fundamental items. But there wasn’t any sort of major run on everything in the store.
This was different. And it was very disturbing. And honestly, I keep thinking about it. Despite picturing in my mind what a situation like that could be like, or reading fictional accounts or scenarios, to see it in person was very disturbing. I don’t think I’ll ever forget it, and it was something that brought even more focus to our preparedness efforts.
Please prepare yourself. Please get your stuff in order. Please make sure you think about everything, not just beans, band-aids, and bullets. It’s daunting, but you can do it. Do it now.