Know the age, condition, and logistics of local utilities. Plan and prepare accordingly. They will not be as reliable as we hope.
Whilst we all know and accept the wisdom of keeping gravity water filters, portable or back up power systems, stored water / bore holes, self defence and your own medical supplies because its just common sense. There is further wisdom in each of us individually investigating the AGE, Physical Condition and seeking out LOCAL information on the LOGISTICS side of your local UTILITIES.
IE How old is the power generation and distribution system in your district, Is your community one of those whose usage of power has risen to match the growing consumption of energy associated with the surge of AIRCON and the massive surge of DOMESTIC TECHNOLOGY??
And has the PHYSICAL power supplies distribution chain been upgraded to meet the new demand, especially in places like Silicon Valley and more importantly the surrounding communities where most people reside.
(Who has not seen the reports of utility companies turning off power supplies at times of peak demand in a vainglorious attempt to prevent utility created WILD FIREs.)
(Who is not aware of the 2 week long ice storm of 2010 that crippled much of the UK. Or the winter storms of 2020 that plunged huge areas of Texas into darkness ?)
Starting off at idiot level, how many power cuts does your district suffer in a normal year BEFORE extreme weather or climate change affects such incidents?
The more we look the more sense it makes to increase your levels of preparedness to mitigate against the INCREASING frequency of prolonged power outages ( at the worst possible time)
That was just discussing ELECTRICITY supplies. Now consider your water supplies.
(Look at the growing water crisis in the US south west and the UK south east)
Yes folks we are now getting to the stage where you simply can no longer EXPECT the water to come out of the tap (UK) faucet(US) when you turn it on.
Preparing not only for our changing climate and increasing reliance on energy means that more than ever we must ALWAYS BE VIGILANT. The time for complacency has passed. Remember Prepping is about being ready BEFORE it hits the fans, being PROactive not REACTIVE.
One wayward ship getting stuck in the Suez canal and the simple shortage of workers (and shipping containers) has seen billions of lost dollars in commerce and insane shortages of chips/ miroprocessors crippling many industries ( I truly despise the JUST IN TIME global logistics systems, its a disaster waiting to happen).
So if your utilities are aged and under resourced, and at risk from increasing demand or climate change then put down your Soy Lattes and Cappuccinos and do something to make sure you are not the next name on a casualty list.