PREP What to expect shortages on during Lockdown 2021

Publius

TB Fanatic
As soon as they officially announce another lockdown all the stores will be wiped out in two to three days.
Yeah people fighting over the last of the toilet paper again :bhd: and the only thing left of the shelf is vegan food that few if any want.

Good idea to stock up on foods and other odds and ends now while the supply line is still working. As it is right now the whole country seems to be unwilling to collectively work tougher and tell them No enough already and we don't care about your stinking virus's and deadly vaccine's we're not doing it any more.
 

CaryC

Veteran Member
The console of my truck is an interdimensional portal.
OMGosh you too?!

One summer I worked for a guy that owned a construction company. I drove a sheep foot roller, held the ruler when surveying, pulled the line off a drag line and hooking into sewer pipes, and things like that - handy boy work.

He had one of those. Black 3/4 ton Chevy with red interior. Every once in a while we'd be surveying, (we were doing the dirt work for what would be a place for housing units in the burbs of Tupelo) and just keep going with an arm full of flags and blue top wooden pins, and a like 2 lb hammer. We'd run out, and he'd send me all the way back to his truck and drive it up close with a fresh supply.

The dash on that thing was an interdimensional portal. Man like for real. He had so much stuff on the dash, I had to hang my head out the side window to see where I was going. You could reach up in that stuff and get an orange. Yeah the portal was over an orange crate in some warehouse in like Florida. 'Course I never did that, cuz like I was scared I'd fall though don't ya know. There might have been some papers the founding fathers signed up in there.
 

Meemur

Voice on the Prairie
....after a couple of hours, he’d had enough...we got in the car found an open Restaraunt (it might have been a Texas Roadhouse I think?) and waited, along with the other people without power, for a table.

He hates the quiet, “sitting in silence” sort of thing when there’s no power.

I guess that’s “one way” to get to go out to eat lol. I’ll admit though, I was kind of bummed out all my prep efforts didn’t matter much.
There's several problems here that you might consider addressing. What is needed to keep the environment somewhat "normal"? Would working batteries, a working radio, or portable DVD player have helped? Maybe think that through and fix it. This won't be the only time there's an outage.

I'm perfectly happy curling up in a winter sleeping bag (winter) or going to the basement with battery-powered fans (summer) and reading, writing, doing puzzles, crocheting . . . all activities that can be done in daylight, and I have some LED lanterns for night work (and have used them!)

I was in the week-long power outage in the Columbus metro when the hurricane reformed and knocked out everything. As annoying as that was, it was invaluable experience, plus I saw that families with camping supplies who were used to tailgating at the games fared much better than those without that experience, and many bailed and went other places.

Hope something here helps! You have time right now to make some changes.

Added: yes, some partners don't do "no power" very well. If I hook up with anyone again, he'll have to have successful camping experience and not freak out if there are time periods we have to employ work-arounds. Another guy who likes reading books would be great. It's a good pastime when "being quiet and unnoticed" is generally the best course of action.
 
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WalknTrot

Veteran Member
I get too anxious to sit still, too.
Also, it’s normalcy bias that creeps in during a power failure. At my house that’s what happened two winters ago with a wicked, freezing temps windstorm blew through here. I knew it was coming. We’d been warned for two days.
That Sunday morning I started cooking early. As the day crept on, winds got very bad, power outages were showing up all over central Indiana.
I had hot food cooked and ready, but around 4 pm, when OUR power finally went out, hubby had NO patience for anything I’d prepared and got irritated at with my idea of staying by the fireplace eating what I had ready. We also found out the hard way when the stored batteries we had were not good anymore , too.

....after a couple of hours, he’d had enough...we got in the car found an open Restaraunt (it might have been a Texas Roadhouse I think?) and waited, along with the other people without power, for a table.

He hates the quiet, “sitting in silence” sort of thing when there’s no power.

I guess that’s “one way” to get to go out to eat lol. I’ll admit though, I was kind of bummed out all my prep efforts didn’t matter much.
Your post spurred some general thoughts. Gotta remember that I grew up with both sets of grandparents having no electricity or water/plumbing in the house.

Can't sit still? Here's a dust rag, dish pan, broom, mop, mending, empty water kettle/bucket, hoe, rake and lawn mower in summer (they don't need electricity! :shkr:) or a snow shovel and wood hauling sled in winter.

Is my early training showing yet? Hahaha.

As far as not eating at home..that's pure (bad) habit. If people usually cook and eat at home, with very little forethought, they can eat at home without electricity and it's a comfort. A BBQ grill or propane camp stove plus some stored water on hand, and food prep is back close to normal. Clean-up might be more work and inconvenient, but hey...who was it that couldn't sit still, eh? ;)

Silence? Battery radio is an essential. Music - on a tablet or battery powered player. Great excuse to park your butt and practice, play, sing with guitar/piano, etc. if you are so inclined. There's also plain old conversation, reading aloud, (yes, even between adults. But kids of course LOVE it). It's much more active/participatory, entertaining, social, calming and challenging than reading to yourself. Keep some short stories - Twain, Robert Service, Poe, even Shakespeare handy. Games of course - the louder and more enthusiastic the better.
 
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summerthyme

Administrator
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I am fine finding things to do. :)


And he adores my cooking; he just got antsy with no power.
It's something that needs to be thought about and worked through as much as possible ahead of time. Even the total silence can really drive people nuts who are used to the constant background noise of all the electric motors, etc. I'm apparently weird- I love listening to music, but I HATE a radio on *all the time* as just background noise. I have no problem with quiet.

But the suggestions about battery radios, etc can help. Mostly, it's just mind over matter.

Summerthyme
 

packyderms_wife

Neither here nor there.
+1000

It’s true, we just don’t want to admit it sometimes but you wrote the truth!
I get too anxious to sit still, too.
Also, it’s normalcy bias that creeps in during a power failure. At my house that’s what happened two winters ago with a wicked, freezing temps windstorm blew through here. I knew it was coming. We’d been warned for two days.
That Sunday morning I started cooking early. As the day crept on, winds got very bad, power outages were showing up all over central Indiana.
I had hot food cooked and ready, but around 4 pm, when OUR power finally went out, hubby had NO patience for anything I’d prepared and got irritated at with my idea of staying by the fireplace eating what I had ready. We also found out the hard way when the stored batteries we had were not good anymore , too.

....after a couple of hours, he’d had enough...we got in the car found an open Restaraunt (it might have been a Texas Roadhouse I think?) and waited, along with the other people without power, for a table.

He hates the quiet, “sitting in silence” sort of thing when there’s no power.

I guess that’s “one way” to get to go out to eat lol. I’ll admit though, I was kind of bummed out all my prep efforts didn’t matter much.
Last year during the derecho I finally snapped at day 4 and OC and I went out for dinner. They had power, my side of town was still without because one of the huge transformers had been destroyed during the storm. I did fine w/o lights, radio, etc., until day four. I've now remedied the situation and have rechargable lamps, radio, fans, etc., and battery banks for charging devices. I had one silly LED lantern that runs on AAA batteries so spent four plus days reading some Graham Hancock books. OC still had to work since the storm happened during the week.
 

packyderms_wife

Neither here nor there.
It's something that needs to be thought about and worked through as much as possible ahead of time. Even the total silence can really drive people nuts who are used to the constant background noise of all the electric motors, etc. I'm apparently weird- I love listening to music, but I HATE a radio on *all the time* as just background noise. I have no problem with quiet.

But the suggestions about battery radios, etc can help. Mostly, it's just mind over matter.

Summerthyme
Same, it was hard having OC home for 12 weeks, he'll leave the tv on all day long. I will come in behind him and shut it off which he found annoying.
 

summerthyme

Administrator
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Same, it was hard having OC home for 12 weeks, he'll leave the tv on all day long. I will come in behind him and shut it off which he found annoying.
Yeah, hubby grew up with a radio on in the barn (it helps keep the animals calm and happy) and it drives me nuts. It's OK if you're alone doing chores (it really does help keep the cows happy), but when we were working together, comminucation was really difficult. Plus, there was the day our youngest son pinned his foot to the silage pile with a pitchfork... he was behind the dairy barn where hubby was milking, I was in the house about 100 yards away, but *I* heard him screaming... hubby was happily rocking his tunes, oblivious!

Summerthyme (I also hate "white noise" at night- fans and ac. I've never learned to sleep so hard I don't hear outside noises. And when that banging in the barn could be a horse who got "cast" (trapped on their side, unable to stand back up) or a cow who has gotten hung up, I'm not comfortable not being able to hear.)

Summerthyme
 

Meemur

Voice on the Prairie
I dislike "white noise," as well. I want to be able to hear what's happening, but it does have its place, like 4th of July to keep the cat calmer.
 

fish hook

Veteran Member
Keep calm. Keep it simple. Steady in the boat.

The lists here are comprehensive, but I wanted to highlight:
1. medication
2. batteries
3. vitamin C -- It helps a lot of different ailments.
4. liquor -- Calms the nerves. Helps sleep. Antiseptic. Trade.

My friend, who went through one of the bad hurricanes in Florida, said that she didn't want to eat her stored food, but craved junk food and snacks. In the heat, she said anything cold --especially cold fruit -- was like gold.

Also, when I went through a few weeks of rolling blackouts one year, I thought I would be fine with my battery-powered lanterns and books, but noooo. I was too anxious to sit still. I was also surprised that my well-insulated house lost heat so quickly after the power was shut off.

People don't really change in the midst of a crisis. In other words, I'm not gonna' suddenly become my grandmother who lived on a self-sufficient farm for most of her !ife. I need to realize that I'm a just Baby Boomer who's very accustomed to creature comforts such as air conditioning, heat, hot coffee, cold drinks, munchies, and the internet.

Just factor in who you are and what you're used to. Have realistic expectations.
All that will work itself out with time.
 
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