02 March 2011

Why Prepare?

(Part two of that video is a click away after watching Part one.)

A MEGA-Volcano eruption in Yellowstone National Park.
Two or three consecutive years of drought conditions shut down crop growing in the Nation's breadbasket...

I've been focusing on the possibility of an economic collapse, but there obviously are many nature-caused reasons to be prepared for "troubles".
I was reminded by a link on Instapundit of another good reason for me to store food and water that will dramatically impact folks in Memphis, St. Louis, Paducah, KY, Evansville, IN, and many small towns in the Midwest-
An earthquake centered around New Madrid, MO.
Imagine if you will-
It's December and you're a resident of Memphis, Tennessee. It's 3 A.M. and you are snug in your warm bed. The earth begins to move and you find yourself first on the floor next to your bed, then pounded by debris as your home falls apart around you. Sparks fly as wiring is torn apart. Small fires start. You survive and make your way out of what is left of your home to the outside and find all the homes around yours have been destroyed. Screaming and cries for help assault you from every direction.
It's 40 degrees outside and you are in your bedclothes.
You and your neighbors are in big trouble.

If my home is destroyed, how much of my preparation will be in vain? There's no way to know the answer to that question. Dried food will survive, provided it doesn't burn. Hardware? It's still better to have it and hope it also survives.

But I'm told a huge quake will turn the river-bottom soil around Memphis literally into a jello-like consistency, and the big buildings that aren't destroyed by shaking there will be at least partially submerged in that jello. Some will topple over.
Millions may die. Millions will be without shelter, food, and water.
Unimaginable, isn't it?

Except we ARE imagining it, right now.
It doesn't take a lot to start making plans.
As I write this post, Silver has traded above $35/oz.
There are lots and lots of reasons you need to be thinking about feeding and caring for those you love.
Why not start today?


Old NFO said...

Personally, I believe people just refuse to believe anything will happen, simply because they cannot fathom that level of damage to their homes/lives...

Bloviating Zeppelin said...

That tendency is called plastic liquifaction. It is precisely what will occur in the San Francisco bay area when the BIG earthquake hits that area, one that makes the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake look like the minor leagues.

You ever been to the beach, just above the tide? See how the sand appears somewhat dry? Then see, when you move your foot up and down, up and down, your foot sinks and the liquid comes up?

THAT is what happens under liquifaction during an earthquake under susceptible and poorly-packed soil.