This is so interesting to me. First I can't believe that the east coast doesn't experience more power outages with all the crazy winter weather like blizzards and ice storms, I'm kind of jealous . I was also wondering for the moms who do live in the storm zone what did you do to prepare? There was a few day notice and lots of warning that there could and most likely would be long term power outages, so you had time to get ready. I understand that gas for generators wasn't an option for many but did you think about other ways to keep food cold or alternative heating methods? Once again I'm not trying to be mean I'm just very interested in how people deal with these emergency situations. Also has this change how you plan to prepare for future emergencies or do you feel like this was such a rare storm that you don't have to worry about more in the future?
How do you get ready in a few days without a car to transport all of the extra supplies? How many trips on the subway does it take to stockpile enough water? On a bus? How about if you have to take the children with you?
What if you don't have the extra cash to buy all those extra supplies on short notice?
What if all the stores near you are sold out, you rely on public transportation and cannot get out to a more suburban store that still has stock?
What happens when you are on the 20th floor with 3 kids under 5 and your window is broken by flying debris allowing cold air and rain into your apartment? How do you stay warm with electric heat and no fireplace? How do you safely evacuate when the streets are flooded?
The lack of comprehension of simple logistics in your posts makes it all the more amazing that you seem to think you are well prepared for any "minor emergency" nature might send your way.