> It's not a problem if the VCR, microwave, or the satellite dish doesn't > work, no cable for a month and no popcorn. But if the power plants fail, > ATC goes down, the gas pumps don't, or our water pumps stop, well, then > it'll get interesting. I agree. My point was that the scare tactics are counter-productive in that they cause many people to not take it seriously. Especially those scare tactics that are designed to sell a solar-powered combination radio and flashlight with a windup generator. Or like a "government agency report card" designed to convince voters that their congressman is on top of things. :-) I hear a few people talking about stocking up food, etc., but most are ignoring the whole thing.