People are dumpster diving in NY already - after only four days without
power. You can watch the video here:
I cannot say I am surprised, however. I think most people in that city
are simply accustomed to convenience at their fingertips. On top of that,
many living quarters are cramped, so I doubt many people even consider
having a few extra cans in the cupboard. And, if I may add, my experience
is that New Yorkers are very arrogant and very naive. They believe that
their "lifestyle" or whatever is the most important thing in the world.
But what if the structure holding up their lifestyle were to fail? The
thought does not cross their minds.
Yes, not much of a big surprise. Its sad that three days later people are already dumpster diving. I’m sure many of those people have already been dumpster diving for some time given the crisis.
There’s also reports of looting in NY and NJ, no surprise there either. What are people looting? Anything from diapers to food, but as always liquor and big screen TV are among the favorite picks. A “Looters will be shot” sign generally fixes the problem, especially with someone around willing to make that promise good, but its hard to do that in anti-gun places like NY. Looters and people behaving like animals, that ok, but God forbid people having a scary gun.
When I wrote down a few tips for getting ready for Sandy I recommended having 7 days worth of food and water. For a disaster of this type I think its more realistic than just 3 days as recommended by several authorities. Of course from an economic collapse and other long term disaster perspective, food supplies are measured in months, not days, but I always assume there´s new readers around, maybe some looking for information on the event of the moment such as Sandy.