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Most people never think about the rather epic journey our food and many other supplies take before we buy it in the store and bring it home. On average, food travels hundreds of miles and in some cases, over a thousand! What about car parts? Made in Taiwan or China and then slow-boated over to the United States. What if something happened that interrupted the flow of goods, even if only for a week!?
We live in a ‘just in time’ system where things are delivered to the store just about the time they begin to run out. Gone are the days when stores would have warehouses where surplus stock was kept and rotated thru until a new shipment came in. Now, the back rooms are smaller to make room for more shopping areas and when they are out of something, they really are out. On average, most stores only carry enough supplies for 3-5 days.
A disruption in the supply chain doesn’t have to happen close to where you live to affect you. Look at the tsunami in Japan: it took well over a year before things were back to normal and technology parts, car parts, and other goods were being manufactured and shipped again. Having some stuff set back just in case is the perfect way to meet this threat.