As the biggest storm in five years took aim at California this week cities across the state distributed sandbags, cancelled school and warned residents to prepare for power outages. And though the storm didn’t really live up to the media hype, some people did take the warnings to heart and made last minute trips to the grocery store to stock up on foodstuffs and other supplies just so they wouldn’t have to go out in the rain.
But not everyone was prepared. One San Francisco resident in particular highlights just how susceptible America is to disasters and what to expect in the event of a widespread emergency. Defy Your Doctor and B... Best Price: null Buy New $9.95 (as of 02:05 EST - Details)
“I thought we were going to watch tv all day, but now the power’s out,” Beth Ludwig said. Her mom added that the kids had never experienced a power outage before.
Georgia Virgili was one of the hundreds of thousands in the Bay Area who lost most of the conveniences of modern life.
“I didn’t have power,” Virgili said. “I couldn’t get my car out of the garage, I have no food, I have no cash, The Survival Medicine ... Best Price: $40.94 Buy New $37.08 (as of 11:20 EST - Details) so I’m trying to forage for something.” (CBS)
The storm that swept California over the last 48 hours wasn’t really that severe. Moreover, the public had nearly three days of advanced warning that it was coming. Yet, even this was apparently not enough to convince people to make even the most basic of preparations.
Mr. Virgili was totally unprepared, as are about 99% of Americans based on recent preparedness surveys conducted by The Discovery Channel.
As many as three million Americans now fall into the category dubbed ‘preppers’ – people who are making detailed plans for the end of the world as we know it. Heated Seed Germinatio... Best Price: $21.09 Buy New $23.71 (as of 11:55 EST - Details)
The preppers are an ever-growing group of survivalists who take extreme measures to prepare for a major catastrophic event.
Given the various threats faced by humanity, including scenarios like an economic collapse. a rogue attack targeting our power grid or massive natural disasters, one can only imagine what it will look like should the system as a whole experience a sustained large-scale disaster.
To give you an idea, here are a couple of pictures taken in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Within 72 hours the system began to break down as transportation systems in large metro areas came to a standstill. The only supplies available were being distributed by the National Guard and availability was so thin that FEMA had to place emergency orders for more food. There was no clean water, no gas, and grocery stores had been cleaned out to the point that people resorted to digging through the trash just to find a meal:
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