After living through Ike down here almost all the folks in the neighborhood now have generators, some dried foods and lots of water. Whilst we don't have the terrible cold to endure as the NE does we would still have 2 or 3 bags of charcoal and a couple bottles of propane. Hopefully the folks who suffered through this storm will do the same to prepare for any future storm.
I have no response to people making fun of preparers as lunatics and weirdos except. I grew up in an era of bomb shelters, public shelters stocked with food and medical equipment and medicines. School room teachings on what do do to trap water, eat rats, start a fire, to survive the "big" one. We had a bomb shelter or safe area in almost every house we lived in as kids.
Because you might think it stupid or funny today and not needed doesn't out way the fact that millions of folks through out the mid west have tornado shelters, portable generators, food and other survival needs stocked and ready for the next one. An equal amount of folks who live in hurricane alley have the very same preparedness. Not for fear of the Zombies, oil running out or missile attack by the small pigmies from Africa, do all preppers have survival stocks, but from mother nature who as the last two weeks in NYC has shown to be meaner than we all thought.
Last point. After WWll, through out Europe, Asia and other impacted areas, mankind survived the most horrific conditions you can think of. A lot longer than a year and ten times worse than any thing we have had here. They have done this numerous times and may well do it again.