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First of all thank you so much for the sane and reasonable information!!  I’ve was completely turned off by the online preppier information the last time I looked into it and ended up coming up with my own plans.  After living on the gulf coast for 20 years I’ve been through many of the emergencies everyone here is preparing for (hurricane evacuations, living without power, helping friends with flooded houses, helping friends evacuate for forest fire etc.) Based on my experiences I feel you have missed something critical on this page – the need to know people in your local community!  Friends, family, neighbors, and even associates like co-workers are lifelines when everything falls apart, and their generosity in a crisis is nothing short of amazing.  It was especially apparent after Hurricane Harvey when everyone poured out to help flooded neighborhoods – they showed up to help rescue people in their boats, gut houses, hand out hot food, and even direct traffic (and many of these were strangers!)  They are also your network of local information – like which parking lots are safest to park you car when your street is starting to flood or which gas stations have fuel today.  Realistically you cant prepare for everything, but a social support network will help fill in the gaps for you and those you connect with.  Just my 2 cents – thanks again for the great site and excellent coverage of COVID-19!

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First of all thank you so much for the sane and reasonable information!!  I’ve was completely turned off by the online preppier information the last time I looked into it and ended up coming up with my own plans.  After living on the gulf coast for 20 years I’ve been through many of the emergencies everyone here is preparing for (hurricane evacuations, living without power, helping friends with flooded houses, helping friends evacuate for forest fire etc.) Based on my experiences I feel you have missed something critical on this page – the need to know people in your local community!  Friends, family, neighbors, and even associates like co-workers are lifelines when everything falls apart, and their generosity in a crisis is nothing short of amazing.  It was especially apparent after Hurricane Harvey when everyone poured out to help flooded neighborhoods – they showed up to help rescue people in their boats, gut houses, hand out hot food, and even direct traffic (and many of these were strangers!)  They are also your network of local information – like which parking lots are safest to park you car when your street is starting to flood or which gas stations have fuel today.  Realistically you cant prepare for everything, but a social support network will help fill in the gaps for you and those you connect with.  Just my 2 cents – thanks again for the great site and excellent coverage of COVID-19!