Everyday there is more evidence that I was right. And it gives no comfort at all.
I look at the supplies laid in and think, "Not enough..." - even having started early and working hard at it, not enough. Still, I spent Election Day doing what I ought: getting a lot of wheat, flour, and other foodstuffs. We put it all up in the tin cans the next night, the lids cranking shut with a firm and reassuring finality.
I don't believe it will take much to start a run on the stores. I won't be surprised to see a lot of things in short supply very soon. I won't pretend to tell you how to live your life but...it you do the calculations, you will see that those 3 or 4 pounds of flour in your pantry aren't going to cut it.
I averaged out some basic notes:
2 cups (about 13 1/8 oz.) of wheat turns = 3 cups of flour
Single loaf bread recipes = 3 or 4 cups of flour.
A 25 lb bag of wheat = about a dozen loaves of bread
So how long do you think your family would like to have bread with their beans? A few weeks? Maybe a few months if you are very conservative? Get your ass over to the Mormons' food store and get all you can at a very reasonable price. For now. They don't care who you are. They just ask that you get the stock for yourself - not for resale. If they have a canner for loan, take them up on it.
Don't you have one or two things you might like to store in a tin can away from prying eyes?
I think of you guys, you rare few, as good friends. I hope you'll take advantage of this tremendous opportunity to be ready. To not have to line up for a bowl of soup, to not look at a rat as an entree. Be ready.