Wow, LP, I never even thot of that.

I've lived most of my life in an area vulnerable to hurricanes and, because of experiences like weeks without electricity, have gradually increased my preps over the years.

I have a genny, gas, solar lamps and crank radio, large water jugs and a month of MREs, plus the usual nonperishables. During hurricane season the car's tank is topped off weekly. I have wondered if I'm going "prepper" or - at least down here in the States - if it's a post-9/11 overreaction, but never linked it to needing to feel safe as a child.

Excellent, unexpected insight. Thanks.