As funny as many of you are thinking this stuff is...
I bet there are a lot of people in NY/NJ/CT that are wishing they were just a little bit more prepared for what they are dealing with now.
It's not just breakdowns in government or solar flares that you need to be prepared for.
Oh everyone should be prepared with at least a week's worth of water and a bug out kit & plan. I'm looking out the window at the Mississippi right now, & although a flood wouldn't reach my house, it would effectively cut this neighborhood off from any help except by air. My family could hold out for a month without rationing, three months with fairly comfortable rationing. (though my son is 8 months so a growth spurt or my having screwed up how quickly/slowly he grows could leave him with a bad fit in diapers.)
My FiL & his buddies are a group of retired engineers (various fields) that love problem solving & have nothing but 400 acres, money, time, & a poo ton of tools. They don't expect anything to happen but they just want to keep busy & they find this stuff fun.
The thing is that some of these preppers have scared themselves silly & are getting really bad advice or are leaping before learning. Like the people I mentioned above who have thousands of dollars worth of seeds & no idea how to farm. (I've asked what kind of seeds they brought & I'm almost afraid of the answer.) Not to mention showing the world where you live & what you have on TV is kinda stupid considering.