If you’re in the city, there’s only so much you can do.
As we’re seeing with Sandy and NYC, the intricacy and top-down nature of a metropolis is its weakness. The sheer weight of population makes waste management, the supply of food, water, electric, sewers and transportation into a highly complex system. A lot of things can go wrong.
Would you be ready to lose power for a week? Two? Can you do the laundry, deal with human waste, take a shower, deal with looters, keep your food from spoiling, stay cool/warm, get enough water and cook?
Use every opportunity as a chance to ask questions. And send up a prayer for New York and the surrounding areas. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere near a big city in these unpredictable times.
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