We Are Totally Unprepared – Tremors Caused Mass
by Mac Slavo: No
Doubt About It: 'They Are Setting the Stage for Violence In This
The east coast
earthquake(s) are just the latest example of how unprepared we are
for an emergency or major disaster.
talking about earthquakes, snow storms, hurricanes, floods, electrical
outages or terrorist attacks, government officials, as well as individuals,
have demonstrated time and again that we have a psychological inability
to cope with high stress situations, a lack of foresight to stock
emergency reserves, and have failed to prepare effective emergency
hardly felt any movement here in the city of New York as a result
of the earthquake, panic seemed to overtake a lot of people,
as indicated by various news programs and social networking sites.
tremor was enough to cause mass confusion, building evacuations
and cell phone service outages across the city.
So, I ask,
are we ready for this possibility [Hurricane Irene], New York?
This region, more than any other, relies on electrical power.
From high rise apartment buildings, to business computers, to
the subway system, a massive power outage caused by a hurricane
will have a significant impact on peoples lives.
if you were sick or paralyzed, and stuck on a buildings
35th floor without elevator service for days. Or, simply picture
the isolation caused by television and cell phone outages. Ask
yourself, where are your flashlights? Your radio? How will you
keep up to date with important emergency information if the storm
knocks out electrical services?
to prepare for this hurricane, ultimately we have to think not
of the earthquake, which caused no lasting damage, but rather
everything that went wrong during this past winters big
unable to leave their apartments, and emergency buildings were
essentially unable to move around on the streets. We were woefully
under-prepared, and most city workers had to play catch up to
fix the significant problems that resulted from the storm.
News [Hat tip Bill]
Once cell phone
service went out following high volumes of calls across the eastern
seaboard, local police, fire and medical response was effectively
shut down. Add congestion and confusion on roadways and you have
a recipe for disaster.
this week were minor events in terms of severity and damage. But
consider what might happen in a prolonged regional-disaster. Hurricane
Katrina was such an incident, albeit still a short-term event, and
luckily the rest of the country was unaffected. Emergency response
took a week or more in some instances, and it reportedly took some
three days to get bottled water into New Orleans. Bottled Water!
And this is with a completely intact national infrastructure around
the disaster zone.
Images of the
looting, violence, preventable deaths and confiscatory martial law
sweeps were beamed to millions of Americans. No one was paying attention,
save a few individuals willing to think outside the box of complaceny
and the status quo.
the government has spent billions of our tax dollars making preparations.
But how that money has been directed and managed is anybodys
guess. When it comes down to it, whatever preparations are being
made by emergency preparedness experts at DHS, FEMA and other agencies,
they will likely not benefit you all that much. If the time ever
came that the infrastructure of the entire United States, not just
an isolated region, experienced a far-from-equilibrium event we
need to assume help is not coming. No ambulances. No police. No
grocery delivery trucks. And no electricians to fix the power.
to be up to you.
from SHTF Plan.
Slavo [send him mail] is a
small business owner and independent investor.
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