Things became pretty boring but I'm not sure how much anyone really needs to prepare. I think most people who talk about preparing are really talking about preemptive panicking. Like any sensible adult I had things like flashlights, batteries, candles, etc. and I always keep a few hundred dollars in my safe with important papers but I wouldn't really consider that preparing. In my opinion the people we really need to worry about is the "preppers" who are mostly just panicking.
We also have a good supply of dehydrated foods and several different ways to purify water. [along with several hundred gallon of raw water}
We don't have any particular place to 'bug out' to but, have alternate places we could go to if we need to leave home.
Trouble is, we know many folks who live off what they get at the grocer each week and would be completely out of supplies in a short amount of time. These people and most who live in an urban environment would be the first to panic, IMHO. This is why I urge everyone to give this some thought rather than calling people who have prepared, preppers or kooks.
If you come to my door asking for help, you will be turned away. We haven't prepared for you.
The generator is always a good idea. I actually got mine at a garage sale. Fire it up from time to time to make sure it's still operational. All I really need it for is the fridge, one computer and the microwave. I've been toying with buying a small propane powered generator. The fuel is easier to stockpile and store, and it doesn't go bad with time.
Everyone helped everyone. I had people that I worked with coming over to shower and do laundry because I back fed my generator into my home. Some of them didnt know how or didnt have a generator.
I set up a window shaker ac in one room and the old couple from accross the street came over every now and again to cool off.
I doubt we are all of a sudden going to become dicks just because the grid goes down.
I didn't have a bug out plan, multiple freezers full of dehydrated food, water tanks, machine guns to ward off any zombies or any of that other stuff. What I had was enough sense to light a few candles, uncork a few bottles of wine, and invite my friends and neighbors over. So when your panicking wanes and you're able to think straight, feel free to stop by my house for a glass of wine and good company because I'm the guy who is actually prepared.
"God is the name by which I designate all things which cross my path violently and recklessly, all things which alter my plans and intentions, and change the course of my life, for better or for worse."
-C G Jung