The stories vary but on Sat. the 12th it seems about 17 states would no longer accept EBT. The outage has been reported as a glitch from Routine Maint. to a power outage. It seems Xerox has no clue that people shop on Saturdays if they were doing routine maint. they choose a terrible time. If it was a power outage I would think that no electricity would be a big clue for trouble shooting the problem and obviously the backup power system does not work! After 24-36 hours it seems that the EBT system is now back up and working again. The event was huge on twitter.com and on some news programs about how people on EBT were complaining they were going to starve and many “tweets” said they were going to riot! Remember the ones reporting on twitter have at least a smart phone and data plan or a PC with Internet access.
While doubtful that anyone would starve in less than 24 hours it does shed light on people’s mindset. I’m not picking on folks that get EBT, many people have a routine when they shop and only get enough to last till the next shopping day. Even a couple of days with the power is out can create a huge problem if it happens during “shopping day”. One thing I will say if you are dependent on the government you should be taking action to get your needs covered as best you can before you get cut off. Benfits such as ADFC, TANF and WIC are starting to run out in many states and at best might last till the end of the month if the Government does not reach agreement on the Shutdown and Debt Ceiling. Remember the PTBs want it to hurt so you will appriciate all the government does for you!
As for myself I didn’t notice the outage till I saw it on Drudge. I don’t often shop on the weekends and I haven’t been in Wally world for years. I don’t get EBT or anything besides my Disability payment so I couldn’t be cut off from any food benefits. It is possible I could be cut off from my disability payments so I have saved up and shifting my shopping till after the PTBs figure out this debacle they have created.
It took both Sat. and Sunday but over the weekend I cut up a few days worth of wood, made three loaves of regular bread and bunch of mini loaves for Mom. The 5 minute Artisan bread works great if you want to make a calzone. Just roll it out thin, fill, fold, tuck and bake at normal temp. for about 20 minutes. I bottled up a batch of Wheat beer and dug up some nasty goat head weeds by the shop. I found a bag I got a couple of weeks ago that I hadn’t stored properly and It had a couple of oversized T-shirts I got on sale and some more of the bic lighters I like so well! Huzzah I have over 30 of the lighters on hand. That’s more than enough for me but Selco from SHTF School often talks about what a great barter item the lighter were during the war.
No matter what your situation is or how much make, please never let yourself get so low on anything that you panic if life throws you a curve. You will need food in the future so you aren’t wasting money to get what you normally buy ahead of time.