There sure are a lot of disadvantages of living in the big city during the decline and collapse, but there are some advantages. Here in my neighborhood we lost power for about two hours. Most didn’t lose power at all. We don’t have many trees so not many power lines were pulled down by branches overloaded with snow and ice. Hearing all your horror stories and those of my New England family members makes me feel grateful for this urban advantage. And this is exactly why I haven’t taken the $5000 plunge and gotten a natural gas generator for emergencies.