As busy adults, with families and careers, most of us rarely consider just how close to the edge we are actually living. A few times each week, we stop by the local grocery store to pick up something that can be heated up quickly for dinner or we just order in a pizza. We often forget to fill the car with gas until the warning light appears on the instrument panel and although we complain about the water and electricity bills, we confidently flip the switch, turn on the tap and flush the toilet, never questioning that these resources will always be there.
In reality, however, even though we are now generations removed from having to experience the personal discomfort of living without a constant, uninterrupted source of cheap food, refrigeration, potable water, fuel and power, we are actually just one major event from being plunged back into the 1800s. You may not be able to imagine a world where you and your family experience constant uncertainty about finding food and clean water or where you exist in a daily environment rife with danger, but we are closer to that possibility than you might think. Before you dismiss the uncomfortable idea that your family could actually need a plan and some doomsday supplies, take a moment to consider these scenarios and how your life could change in an instant.
EMP: Much more than a subject for an apocalyptic novel
In recent years the term EMP has become frequent fodder for apocalyptic fiction writers and doomsday prep forums. However, even as the countries of North Korea and Iran and the terrorist organization known as ISIS brag about ramping up their efforts to bring our nation to its knees with an electromagnetic pulse, nothing is being done here to prevent this very real calamity from occurring. Should an EMP actually occur, experts predict the United States of America will suffer a mortality rate of up to 90% of the entire population within the first year. Although a Congressional EMP Commission is in place, nothing has yet been done to harden our electrical grid and prevent this very real possibility from becoming a horrific reality.
Terrorism: A real and constant danger to water and power supplies
Recent acts of terror in Paris, Brussels and other cities around the world, as well as our own experience with the devastation of the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001 are timely reminders that acts of terrorism are now occurring with increasing frequency and magnitude. While most major acts thus far have focused on inflicting pain and death directly in crowded areas, our nation’s reservoirs, dams and hydro-electric infrastructures are relatively unprotected from acts of terrorism that have the potential to interrupt the supply of these basic needs for millions of unsuspecting Americans.
Natural Calamity: Local events with far-reaching consequences
When Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast, much of the nation watched in horror as the flooding enveloped most of New Orleans and inundated many other coastal communities in the area. Even more horrific than the brackish water filling homes, streets and businesses was the fact that within hours of the event, reports began to surface of looting and violence ranging from simple assaults to rapes and even murder. Although it may be hard to fathom, our country faces very real threats of even larger natural calamities than Hurricane Katrina. Whether it comes in the form of an eruption of a Yellowstone super volcano, a massive earthquake along major fault lines or any of a number of other threats, the potential for a large natural calamity to impact our ability to maintain supplies of food, water, fuel and power is real and growing.
Economic Meltdown: Grinding the nation to a slow and painful halt
With widespread unemployment, continued devaluation of the dollar, an erratic stock market, talk of negative interest rates and another housing crisis looming, the threat of an economic meltdown is yet another reason to resolve to learn more about doomsday prep and supplies. Since the last recession in 2008, the United States economy has continued to falter, leaving more and more people to rely on an already grossly overextended government for food, housing and other basic needs. Even worse, with so many other economies around the world also struggling, including China, Japan and Greece, the pressure and potential for a massive worldwide financial collapse is more real than ever before.
As the monetary supply constricts, rising food, utility and eventually fuel prices will add even more pressure, ultimately ending in the collapse of banks and other financial institutions, decreasing availability of basic needs and the overall devastation of major parts of the economy, including the housing and manufacturing segments. In a situation where the economy bottoms out, food and fuel will be prohibitively expensive, if available at all.
Preparing for the inevitable
Most of us are not yet ready to move to an uninhabited island and forage for our food, so it makes sense to learn about doomsday preparation and how to insulate our families as much as possible from the effects of natural calamities, terrorist attacks and economic meltdowns. Even if we have the good fortune to never suffer a natural calamity or other national crisis, it still makes sense to have a good survival plan and the right doomsday supplies. These can play an invaluable part in the struggle to keep your family safely afloat during any type of personal setback or emergency, such as a job loss or health event that cripples the family budget or leaves the family without a breadwinner.
We hope that we have given you food for thought with today’s post. In future installments of this series, we will offer real information that will help you create and implement a workable plan to prepare and protect your family and ensure that their basic needs are met during any type of natural calamity or other event that could put their health and safety at risk.
Preview: Look for our next installment soon entitled: “Natural Calamity: What to Have, What to Know During the Critical First 72 Hours”
In this next installment we will give valuable information to help you assemble a basic 72-hour survival kit and help you understand what to expect during the first three days following any major natural calamity or other type of emergency so you can keep your family safe during this critical period.