Genesis 47, Did the Hebrews and livestock suffer during the famine?

Question: Did the Hebrews and livestock suffer during the famine? Was the famine comparable to the Dust bowl of the thirties. Answer: I think that everyone suffered to some extent during the famine. However, Joseph's family was probably taken care of by Joseph (Gen 47:12). I do not really know how to compare the famine of Egypt with the 1930's drought, except that they both lasted about 7 years. -PJ