Over the period of my life I have seen many different disasters, WWII and terrorist acts that affected our national security in a terrible way. You too have experienced a few of these things and seen how quickly stuff disappears off the store shelves in a time of trouble. Earthquakes and tornadoes are on the rise and floods are covering more territory than ever before.
These events have interrupted the flow of transported goods in affected areas of our country and, at times, caused shortages. But what if we had a nationwide disaster in the future? Yellowstone Park is sitting on a super volcano. The New Madrid fault is due for a massive earthquake. Big solar storms, and an asteroid bouncing off the earth’s atmosphere or even a killer pandemic could affect our entire country’s procurement process.
We are extremely vulnerable as a society that depends on machines, motors and uninterrupted roadways. What if there was an electromagnetic pulse bomb exploded by terrorists in this country and the surge shut down all our electronic equipment? What if just a few of our roads were rendered unusable by our massive trucking system? It wouldn’t be long before the breakdown and its ensuing social and economical fallout would reach the inner cities. When it does, we would have mass rioting in our streets and most probably, martial law.
Anything that would stop or slow down transportation of goods in this nation would disrupt our entire economy and bring everything to a grinding halt. Within 30 days we would see a total meltdown of goods, services, food, finances, etc.
Within the first 24 hours of a major national catastrophe, the delivery of medical supplies to the affected area will cease. Hospitals will run out of basic supplies such as syringes and catheters within hours. Radio-pharmaceuticals (used to treat cancer) will deteriorate and become unusable. Service stations will begin to run out of gas. Manufacturers will develop shortages of components. The U. S. Postal service and other package delivery systems will come to a stop.
Within one day, food shortages will begin to develop. The availability of gas for your car will dwindle and petro products will disappear, driving prices through the roof and also creating long lines at the pump. Without Manufacturing components and trucks to deliver products, assembly lines will shut down, putting thousands of people out of work.
Within two to three days, food shortages will escalate, especially in the face of hoarding and consumer panic. Supplies of essentials—such as bottled water, powdered milk, and canned meat. Major retailers will disappear. ATMs will run out of cash and banks will be unable to process transactions. Service stations will completely run out of fuel for autos and trucks. Garbage will start piling up in urban and suburban areas. Container ships will sit idle in ports and rail transport will be disrupted, eventually coming to a complete standstill.
Within a week, automobile travel will cease due to the lack of fuel. Without autos and buses, many people will not be able to get to work, shop for groceries, or access medical care. Hospitals will begin to exhaust oxygen supplies.
Within two weeks, the nation’s clean water supply will begin to run dry.
Within four weeks, 30 DAYS, Meltdown! The nation will exhaust its clean water supply and water will be safe for drinking only after boiling. As a result gastrointestinal illnesses will increase, further taxing an already weakened health care system. This timeline presents only the primary effects of trucks not being able to travel. Secondary effects must be considered as well, such as an inability to maintain telecommunications service, reduced law enforcement and increased crime. There will be increased illness and injury, higher death rates, and more than likely, civil unrest.
What would you and your family do if you had no food, no clean water and the stores were shut down because their supplies were gone? Our world is becoming increasingly unstable and all of us need to know how to prepare for the time of trouble.
“And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.” Daniel 12:1
Other references: The American Trucking Associations – The Economic Collapse Blog