Perhaps “smart move” isn’t the best way to put it. How about, do you now see the justification in doing so?
We’ve had discussions about the nations’ current TP situation in several threads. Some people have had no problem finding it at their local Try-N-Save, while others haven’t been able to find any at all:
As ivylass points out, for some people they may not be using it at their usual rate:
My own mother has been in and out of the hospital for almost a month. She spent 3 weeks in a cardiac unit and upon her release asked me to go to Costco and get some TP because they were nearly out. This was well after the panic hoarding started so I had to inform her she was SOL as far as Costco was concerned. I had to drive all over town at 0530 just to find some generic stuff for her. I haven’t seen any since, and that was over a week and half ago. We are in rural southern Oregon.
My friend, who lives on the Kona side of the Big Island of Hawaii, says he’s seen no shortages of anything, including TP.
Anyway, this whole thing has me thinking: how foolish is it, really, to have a stockpile of daily necessities on hand to weather some unforeseen circumstance like what we’re in now? I’ve always though the hardcore preppers, with their bug-out bags and off-grid living capability were a bit off their rocker. But now I’m not so sure. I’m not about to put together a BOB filled with gold and guns and fire starters, but I have been mulling over the concept of stockpiling what we would need to shelter in place for 6 months or so. I’m flashing back to those bomb shelters from the 1950’s that had shelves of cheap TP, canned goods, water filters, iodine tablets, and the like.
While I’m not considering a bomb shelter in the back yard, I am thinking it would be a really good idea to have at least 3, and possibly more like 6 months’ worth of daily essentials stocked away in the garage for a situation like this. Toilet paper, canned and dehydrated food, soap & shampoo, feminine hygiene products, a propane stove and lots of propane, prescription and over-the-counter medications, and similar necessities. Life-sustaining meds such as insulin or warfarin should be first on the list. (And honestly, as an insulin-dependent diabetic myself, I would be shocked if anyone in similar circumstances didn’t have at least a few week’s supply of meds on hand beyond their regular 30- or 90-day rotation. I know I do.)
Someone living in a small flat in a large city would have limited storage capability, but still, I’m sure something could be done.
As my mother’s current situation is proving, even if there isn’t some society-wide reason to hunker down at home, one’s personal circumstances may render them unable to leave the house easily at least temporarily. Thus such a stockpile of daily necessities becomes necessary.
So. Has stockpiling ≥ 6 months of necessities suddenly become a smart move?