^^ Heh. I admit that during the run-up to Y2K I was a little on the worried side, and I bought some extra canned goods, water, batteries, and a 25-lb sack of rice just to hedge my bet.
I get less worried about this stuff the older I get, though: we live in an area relatively free from earthquakes or hurricanes, and while tornados occasionally strike in these parts, we are at the far northeastern edge of Tornado Alley:
I suppose if a deadly global pandemic struck, I might wish I had stockpiled food, but if this was a disease with a high mortalty rate, I would either be dead or have lots of properties to scavenge if I survived.
What else do we have to worry about in NW Ohio? I am a long way from Lake Erie, and I am on relatively high ground with regard to the nearby creeks, so major flooding is not an issue. There is no volcanic activity nearby, nor are landlslides or mudslides an issue. Heck, we are not even far enough north to get frequent blizzards, and when we get even a moderate snowfall the news channels give us plenty of warning.
Wildfires and tsunamis? Not to be found around these parts much.
Civil disorder? A couple of small riots here in the 1960s and 1970s, plus a mini-riot in 2005 with the neo-Nazis, but this is otherwise a fairly calm area (yes, crime exists, but not in a "disaster" sense).
So I guess my question would be this: what in the flying fuck, exactly, do I need to stockpile food and supplies for? If the Earth gets hit by a comet, we are probably finished as a species. If my city got nuked, I would likely be vaporized. Even a major terror attack like 9/11 did not result in significant disruptions to national food supplies.
I have enough food in the house at any given time to feed myself and my family for at least a few weeks, but am I realistically going to live to see some catastrophe that would necessitate 6-12 months worth of food? I have rain barrels at my house should water suddenly become unavailable; I would have to filter and boil the water, but those barrels hold about 50 gallons each, and they refill every rainfall. I think I would be in greater danger of foodborne illness from eating out-of-date food than I would be in facing a significant natural or man-made disaster in which many months of hoarded supplies would be necessary.