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Last year I heard our local Fire Chief urge everyone that they should have a 3 day emergency supply. I heard him recently speak and he is now saying to be prepared to take care of yourself for 7 days.

With my stockpile we should be OK, plus we have 2 small propane stoves. The one thing I need to get is more bottled water.

Is anyone else being told 7 days?
 

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Personally, with all the civil unrest, talk of bird flu, etc., I'm prepping for more like several MONTHS. Best to prep now rather than get caught with your pantry empty just as bird flu (or insert any emergency here) sweeps through your area and you can't leave your house due to quarentine, weather, etc.
 

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I'm not really surprised.
With the amount of time that it took supplies to reach New Orleans & the surrounding areas after Katrina, I'm sure they are trying to get people to be more prepared. Pre-Katrina, we lived in the southeast and were always told three days worth of food, water, & medical supplies.
 

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We're 7 dayers here. When the four hurricanes came throught in 2004 we saw many problems in our area. From lack of water supply due to no electric to run wells to lack of refrigeration at our local grocery stores becuase of lack of power. There were also many problems with fuel from None to can't get it out of the tanks because of no power. Many of the new gas stations being built in our area are coming with back up generators to solve this problem as are the new Big Box stores coming in to our area. Example: a new Super Walmart and Super Target are going in near me and both had giant generators deliverd before all four walls were finished. The Targat one has been put up on a high cement platform because of the flooding in that area.
Our Emergency Management here tells everyone that you should be prepared for up to 2 weeks and it should be portable in case you need to leave you can take it with you.
Laurie in Bradenton
 

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I prep for at least 6 months of the bare necessities. Food, water, our prescription meds, dog food and hba items.
 

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We have been stocking up too. We aren't in a place where any weather is an issue, or even civil unrest, but the bird flu thing could be an issue. I have been stocking up on over the counter stuff, non-perishables, etc. because if we were in a quarrantined situation I would want to be able to stay safe at home.
I was really surpised with Katrina. They were interviewing some people that were in a place where their homes were ok (farther inland) but they had no electricity. They were complaining less than one day afterward that they needed stuff RIGHT NOW. Don't people stock up? In all fairness, they did have some notice.
 
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