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After watching Hurricane Irene hit the east coast, the fires in Texas, and the earthquake in the northeast,,,, do you think people will go into a long term panic buying mode? Meaning, will people start stockpiling food, guns, water and ammunition more then usual?

When there is a disaster, people usually kick into some kind of short term panic buying mode for a few weeks.   People will buy all of the batteries, flashlights, camp stoves, 1 pound propane bottles,,, and even ice chest stores have in stock.  But after the disaster passes, people seem to forget about the disaster and return to what their life was before anything happened.

With the recent events, do you plan on changing your spending habits to buy a few more canned canned goods then normal.

After Hurricane Rita, there were people complaining they did not have gas to drive to the food lines. Even though they had several days warning, they did not gas up their vehicles.  The local radio station would have a talk show where people could call in, and important information was broadcast to the community.  There were people calling in and asking how they were supposed to get to the food lines?  the radio host asked them if they had been watching the news before Rita made landfall.  The people that called in to the radio station usually had some kind of excuse to justify their actions.

What is wrong with people, the news says there is a major storm on the way, and they do not even buy some basic canned goods and gas up their car. I guess they think the government will be there to help them within a few hours after the storm passes.

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Short sighted people

A dog will guard its food bowl, probably because it does not know its going to be getting more food tomorrow. Its an instinct that was probably developed over millions of years.

I think most humans can be dived into 2 groups of people:

1, the hunter gather who plans for 1 or 2 days ahead of time.

2, the farmer who plans 3 or 4 months ahead of time.

When we were hunter/gathers we lived a couple of days at a time. Our ancestors dug roots, gathered berries, or killed a deer and our ancestors had food for a couple of days.

As communities started planting crops, we started thinking in 3 – 4 month periods. Its time to work the fields and plant the crops. A few months later its time to harvest the crops and put the crops up for the winter.

Depending on what instinct the person lives by – day to day, or planning a couple of months ahead, I think that affects how well people plan their lives and how well they plan for disasters.

After a disaster, there are people that will try to return their generators and other unused supplies to the stores where they were bought, there are examples of this with Irene. That type of person is thinking of right here, and right now – kinda like a hunter / gather.

The other type of person puts their generator in storage for the next storm, that is the farmer. He/she plans on using that generator again when there is another storm.

After Hurricane Andrew went through Florida, I remember hearing stories of the welfare families sitting around waiting for the government to show up with supplies. The people had lived off food stamps and welfare for so long, they did not know how to provide for themselves.

I have to ask the question, are we breeding a generation of people who do not know how to be self-sufficient? With the conveniences of grocery stores and fast food, people have grown accustomed to instant gratification. Instead of understanding where food comes from (the ground), people go to the local fast food joint and order a burger.

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Kevin Felts was born and raised in southeast Texas, graduated from Bridge City high school Bridge City Texas, and attended Lamar College in Port Arthur Texas. Hobbies include fishing, hiking, hunting, blogging, sharing his politically incorrect opinion, video blogging on youtube, survivalism and spending time with his family. In his free time you may find Kevin working around the farm, building something, or tending to the livestock
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