The trouble with emergency planners

Squirty in the snow. He hasn’t moved for days.

They predict emergencies….

JP: If this snow keeps up and the power goes, we’re snookered.
Me: We’ve got gas, we can cook on that
JP: Not if we can’t get out for food
Me: I can walk to the co-op in the snow
JP: Not if the supermarkets run out…

Now I’m worried!

Supermarkets don’t have many storage facilities these days so rely on just-in-time deliveries from super-depots in places like Daventry. Which is all very well until it snows and the lorries can’t get through, in which case the shops could run out of produce in a couple of days.

When I was a child in Somerset in the seventies our village got cut off for what seemed like weeks. My Dad walked to work across snow covered fields; when the power went off we cooked on an open fire and we bought unpasteurised milk direct from the local farm – straight from the cows. None of that could happen now because we are much less locally self-sufficient and much more reliant on automation and transport systems.

Meanwhile the white stuff keeps on falling…

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Joy
    Dec 02, 2010 @ 14:25:18

    It's ok, I have leeks in my garden…may need blow torch to get them out of the ground but then they will be nicely flamb-ed, and stocked up on milk, eggs and port at morrisons this morning so you can tramp accross to us and be well cared for!

    Reply

  2. medicalmutiny
    Dec 02, 2010 @ 14:45:56

    And you've got a real fire to heat things up on. Pass the port!

    Reply

  3. analytics
    Dec 02, 2010 @ 17:19:46

    Cheery little buggers aren't they these EP-ers?

    I saw one last weekend who was gleefully telling me about where all the extra stocks of petrol in the UK were held and how long they'd last…

    Reply

  4. medicalmutiny
    Dec 02, 2010 @ 17:33:09

    You could flog that information to the highest bidder!

    Reply

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