Fragility of Modern Lifestyles
The recent storms that swept through the East Coast show the fragility of modern lifestyles. There is a great recap over at GunPreparedness that brings out some great points. What would you do if a storm hit your area?
The first thing that will happen if a major disaster pops up in your region is the loss of normal communications. If you think you are going to be able to depend on that cell phone you better think again. Every time the cell networks get congested those are one of the first things to go. What will you use to get the latest information and communicate?
As the good folks over at Gun Preparedness points out the Ham Radio folks were ready to step up and ensure communication would be maintained. This is a great point of the fragility of modern lifestyles. If you are dependent on gasoline to power your generator you would not want the power out like it in Lynchburg, Virginia. How do you expect to get new gasoline if the store can not pump it or you don’t have cash to pay?
The fragility of modern lifestyles show that we are pampered and ill prepared to deal with the impact of a storm. The more earth shattering change would be if the trucks stopped rolling that we have talked about before. We have built an Inventory system that is built on a constant movement of goods. If something caused a stoppage of trucks for two weeks you would see the ultimate panic.
The fragility of modern lifestyles ensures that the inconvenience of not being able to replenish supplies means that a majority of households are going to be hungry. What do you think hungry desperate people are going to do? If you are not getting prepared for surviving for at least one month without a resupply you are going to be in trouble. The fragility of modern lifestyles almost guarantees it.