I live in NYC, and since 9/11 the city has advised everyone to keep first aid kits, a radio and some extra food and water around just in case. Additionally, they recommend you keep a "go bag" stocked with these items at work in the event that whatever emergency occurs keeps you from going home--and instead you must immediately flee the city. Practically no one I know here in the city maintains either a stock of food or a "go bag". I couldn't imagine any disaster being so bad (in this region of the country) that could force me to rely on emergency supplies. I didn't have a problem going to the grocery store immediately after 9/11--as tragic as that event was. The grocery store was even open during the eastern power outage a few years back--ice cream was on sale! That was more of party than anything else. Oddly enough, a minor snow storm blanketed the city one winter -- and when I went to the grocery store it was packed with people hurriedly getting supplies as if it were the end of world. I went home and ordered pizza. No worries, I came the next day and the place was empty and fully stocked. I know the Haitian earthquake has highlighted the fragility of food and water supplies--but--its Haiti. I'm hearing a lot of people go on about not relying on the government in an emergency. Is it crazy to store a little food for an emergency in a big city? We don't have hurricanes, earthquakes or flooding here. I guess NYC could be hit with a terrorist nuke someday--but I'll probably be dead if that happens.