I had a preview of what a SHTF event would be like. I had to go to the hardware store day before yesterday. The news has been warning of a major ice storm in our area with possible power outages. I was in Lowes and noticed that they had a large stock of portable generators and kerosene heaters stacked up in the main aisle. As I went about getting the things I needed for some home repairs, I noticed nearly everyone was buying heaters, bundles of wood, wood burning stoves, lamp oil, kerosene. And the place was packed. I had to go back later that afternoon and everything was gone. All the generators, all the kerosene, and they only had two of the 10,000 btu kerosene heaters left. They were half off the normal price so I picked one up. As I was walking away there were two guys fighting over the last one. We, my Daughter and I, then went to Wal-mart to pick up a few groceries before heading home. The place was a mad house. People were crowding every aisle, some with two and three carts. I saw case after case of bottled water, canned and dry goods. I walked by the aisle that had the oil lamps and it was chaos. The shelves were empty and there was broken glass on the floor. I asked the kid cleaning up the mess what happened and he said that people were fighting over the last of the lamps and several got dropped and broken. he said all of the lamp oil had sold out in a few hours. Over at the sporting goods it was the same story. All the lanterns, lantern fuel, Coleman stoves etc were gone. We got what few things we needed and left. On the way home I was telling my Daughter how most people are not prepared for even the simplest emergencies. And how we prepare for anything so that we don't have to scramble around like idiots everytime there is a crisis. When we got home I decided to give my daughter a little emergency preparedness drill. We went around and got things ready. Filled the oil lamps, the heater, fueled up the generator, and even tho we really didn't need to, I had her fill all the water cans and fill the bathtubs with water. I can hook my well pump up to the generator and pump water, but I wanted her to be capable if I wasn't here during an event. It was an eye opening experience for her. Seeing how people are so unprepared. I think she has grown up with our preparedness and just taken it for granted. It never ceases to amaze me how many people are so woefully unprepared. Especially those who live in areas like we do where ice storms and tornados are a common occurance.