Actually a number of companys brought out porta potties. And there were places that people could go for clean ups and basic hand laundry things, because pumps didn’t work or machines, but garden hoses did. Churchs opened doors and brought in supplies and cots. Schools did the same things. People had to help each other and most did. Just about everyone was short of something so combining was a good thing.
Now that those times are over for this past year or two we have tried to get together supplies that would be durable in case of need again. My son has a large plastic container with a tight fitting lid and so do I. It is about the size of a large christmas tree box. We have put in things that should have a good shelf life such as peanut butter, canned meats, jars of cheese, canned fruits and veggies, jugs of water, canned soups and stews, utensils, a few items of clothing and a couple of blankets and jackets, socks and underwear. We added waterproof matches, sunblock, mosquito repellant and made sure we had enough food to feed our family plus a few more for a full week or more if we could cram it into the box. We also added an extra glucometer, strips, bandages, wipes and analgesics like aspirin, advil, etc. I forgot about the allergy meds, nose spray and eye drops. as well as soaps and gels. We added nuts and dried fruits, all vacuum packed.
All of the things in our emergency box we have gathered due to hindsight, after going through the first power outage. All cans must be the easy open top so you don’t need a can opener. We added other thngs like powdered milk, but I haven’t found a way to pack crackers without them going stale. I am sure that without going down to see what all I have in the box, I must have forgotten some things, but these stick out in my mind. Peanut butter was a tremendous source of easy food during the first power outages so I have I think 4 of the largest containers down in my box right now.
We could recharge cell phones in our cars, but I am sure most of you could think of more ways to plan for whatever bad time came up again.
Do I have enough in the box? If someone has more ideas please let me know.
I also have extra flashlights and batteries.