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Government Urges Preparation

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OK dakota, first you could contribute mightily with your expertise but Albert has already claimed the position of our resident alarmist .

Help us understand what we need to do, how we need to do it, and generally guide us laymen (sorry I refuse to use the PC term) please don't just throw out a list of items that we should all run out and buy.

BTW: I fully agree with the prep issue, the more the merrier, but we need to know why these things are recommended and what to do with them.

Thanks in advance for any guidance you can/will provide.

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And dakota, just so that my above is not misunderstood...

I wasn't being challenging or rude....but expressing a genuine plea for help.  We need help in understanding these things!  Sometimes communicating via a bb is difficult, you loose visual and verbal cues.

TIA

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Oh crap, I hope I didn't put dakota off!!!!

dakota, if you read this please believe I was only asking for help, but re-reading my post I'm afraid that it could be interpreted otherwise.

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sophiazoe,

Have worked for costco for past 4 years, begining of every new year vitamins, health products all go to front
of store. Due to new years resolutions, you know how we
all plan a better self for the new year! ha. I lasted about 3 days. As for Main displays of TP - there is no
backstock in costco except for upper steel racks, sometimes trucks come in and nowhere to put stock, so
they'll put it whever it will fit. As for people panic buying I have not noticed anything other than normal and I went through the blackout a couple of years ago and I can tell you when people panic you don't want to be there - fire departments in to get water, supplies, and they are received before the store even opened to members.
One man busted out the glass doors in front of building
because he said the store should not have closed, now mind you this store remained open for 2 days with no running water, no power
except generators and no bathrooms - they even brought in Port-a-potties for employees just to remain open so people could get water and batteries etc. and get the basic supplies needed. People were taking water not by the cart but by the pallet! This power outage (Michigan) lasted around 4-5 days and during that time period people got very ugly. The funny thing was this blackout was not all of Michigan just southern half, so you could drive 50 miles or so and everything was normal. So why was there such panic ? When the blackout
came took everyone off guard, I was stuck in traffic
(a block from my house)for an hour with 1/4 tank of gas.
It was on a Thursday so no money, no atms, no gas pumps
cars running out of gas everywhere, people walking home.
So you make finally make it home and theres no water and no power for 8 days! You made do with what you had on hand. That 50 miles to normalcy might have well been 5000 miles. We had no way of getting there. This could be what would would happen to the average american to try to get medical attention or vaccines if a lot of systems are down.

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serendipity Thanks for the 411 on Costco.  I guess I spend too much time thinking about BF and need to realize that the rest of the world doesn't.  But I swear, that entire row of TP, where the water is normally displayed was creepy!

I love Costco!  Never manage to escape without two carts and on occasion have had three.  Since I hate shopping so much I tend to try to do as much as I can at once.

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sophiazoe,

I am sorry that I did not make myself clear on costco, its when you dont see the big displays of items that you need to worry.
I know we are all looking for panic buying as to a clue of whats going on, but what will really happen if there is an pandemic, the local fire departments, police, healthcare workers will be allowed to get supplies needed first then it will be open to the public, I have seen that first hand.

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Glad to hear Costco those who take care of us!!!
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Dakota, If you don't mind me asking, how do your co-workers view this influenza threat? Are they just as worried? I don't mean to be nosy, I'm just currious. Could you elaborate some more on your thoughts about this possible pandemic.

Thanks much, Idah

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