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The Day The Lights Go Out And The Trucks Stop Running

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What would happen if some sort of major national emergency caused a massive transportation disruption that stopped trucks from running?

The next time you talk to a trucker, please thank them for their service, because without their hard work none of our lives would be possible.  In America today, very few of us live a truly independent lifestyle, and that means that we rely on the system to provide what we need.  Most of us take for granted that there will always be plenty of goods at Wal-Mart and at the grocery store whenever we need more “stuff”, and most of us never give a second thought to how all of that “stuff” gets there.  Well, the truth is that most of it is brought in by trucks, and if the trucks stopped running for some reason the entire country would devolve into chaos very rapidly.

Earlier today, I came across a quote from Alice Friedemann that detailed what we would be facing during a major national transportation disruption very nicely…

Within a week, in roughly this order, grocery stores would be out of dairy and other items that are delivered many times a day. And by the week, the shelves would be empty.

Hospitals, pharmacies, factories, and many other businesses also get several deliveries a day, and they’d be running out of stuff the first day.

And the second day, there’s be panic and hoarding. And restaurants, pharmacies would close. ATM’s would be out of money. Construction would stop. There’d be increasing layoffs. Increasing enormous amounts of trash not getting picked up, 685,000 tons a day. Service stations would be closed. Very few people would be working. And the livestock would start to be hungry from lack of feed deliveries.

Then within two weeks, clean water supplies would run out. Within four weeks to eight weeks, there wouldn’t be coal delivered to power plants and electricity would start shutting down. And when that happened, about a quarter of our pipelines use electricity, and so natural gas plants wouldn’t be fed natural gas and they’d start shutting down.

There is so much infrastructure that we take for granted that would suddenly become very vulnerable in this type of scenario.  There are countless numbers of workers out there that never get any glory that do the hard work of maintaining our nuclear power plants, our natural gas pipelines, our electrical grid, etc.  If they suddenly were not able to do their jobs, the consequences would be absolutely catastrophic.  The following comes from Tess Pennington

They rarely mention the dozens of nuclear power plants that litter the United States. If no one is there to operate them, how long before they melt down and bury millions of survivors under a radioactive cloud?

Then there are the 12,000 facilities around the country that store large quantities of toxic or flammable chemicals, and reside close to residential areas. 2,500 of these sites contain chemicals in quantities that, if a catastrophic accident were to occur, could affect 10,000 to 1 million people each. And let’s not forget the 2.5 million miles of oil and gas pipelines that can be found in every state. They suffer hundreds of leaks and ruptures every year, and are much more likely to explode when they aren’t maintained. That detail seems to be conveniently forgotten by post-apocalyptic films.

And finally, most post-apocalyptic movies will forget to mention what happens when there aren’t any functional fire departments. Aside from the obvious consequences, like whole neighborhoods routinely burning to the ground, who’s going to put out landfill fires that are occasionally radioactive?

For most Americans, a major national emergency of this magnitude may seem unimaginable right now.  But the truth is that it isn’t difficult to see how this kind of scenario could happen.  The Yellowstone supervolcano is becoming increasingly active, a single large asteroid could change all of our lives in a single moment, a crippling pandemic could bring normal life in America to a complete standstill, a terror attack involving weapons of mass destruction would spread panic and fear like wildfire, and a historic earthquake along the New Madrid fault, the Cascadia Subduction zone or any of the major faults in California could literally change the geography of our entire continent.

In addition, a massive EMP burst from a nuclear weapon or from the suncould fry our power grid and send us back into the stone age in a single moment.  This is something that I have written about extensively, and those that want to minimize this threat simply don’t know what they are talking about.

And an electromagnetic pulse is not even required to cause very serious problems with our electrical grid.  For instance, just consider what happened in Ukraine toward the end of last year

On December 23rd, 2015, the Prykarpattyaoblenergo power distribution station in Ukraine was hit by a carefully coordinated cyber-attack that was months in the making. The technicians lost control of their cursors as they watched hackers open breakers and take circuit after circuit offline, plunging 230,000 residents into darkness.

The hackers took backup power of the stations offline, plunging the electrical workers into darkness too, and worse yet, they even rewrote the low-level firmware that controls the electrical transformers. The attack had come after months of careful infiltration and planning by a dedicated team of elite cyber-warfare specialists and the result was devastating.

Even months later, technicians struggled to regain full capacity in the electrical grid due to the overwriting of firmware. With Ukrainian moves to nationalize power companies, it is possible that the powerful and Putin-connected Russian oligarchs who own large parts of Ukraine’s infrastructure were sending a message: we can shut down the system anytime we want.

The truth is that we are far more vulnerable than most of us would like to admit.

So what would you do if “normal life” suddenly came to an end and you no longer had access to food, water or power?

How would you and your family respond?

Hopefully you would continue to act in a civilized manner, but history has shown that many people would not.

Desperate people do desperate things, and it would only take a matter of days for some people to become violent

Before long, getting mugged or being a victim of some type of crime is as unpredictable and as common as a car accident. You’ll realize everyone in the neighborhood has now beefed up security on their homes. All your family, friends, and coworkers have experienced a mugging, carjacking, or worse.

You’ll have no choice but to accept this new way of life and count on basic safety measures (a form of passive denial) or further learn to defend yourself and remain in a constant state of alert (a very stressful state over time). It’s difficult emotionally, mentally, and physically to remain on high alert 24/7 for any length of time. Most people will revert to a form of passive denial until the next incident happens to them or a family member.

And even though things may seem relatively stable for the moment, concern about what is coming is one of the factors that has led an increasing number of Americans to arm themselves.  According to a brand new study from the Pew Research Center, 44 percent of all American homes now have a gun.  Just two years ago, a different study found that number was sitting at just 31 percent.

The way that we are living our lives right now will not last indefinitely.

At some point a major national emergency will strike, and when that day arrives we could suddenly be facing major power grid and transportation disruptions.

Are you prepared for that?

If not, you might want to do so while you still have time.

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27 Comments on "The Day The Lights Go Out And The Trucks Stop Running"

  1. makati1 on Tue, 30th Aug 2016 8:23 am 

    Some very good reminders here. So many are in denial or just ignorant of the events unfolding on our small world and the buildup of natural and man-made catastrophes in our future. Yes, some are not likely to happen in our lifetimes, but, there is no guarantee that they will not. Are YOU prepared?

  2. bushman on Tue, 30th Aug 2016 8:46 am 

    There is no way to prepare for those scenarios, you are kidding yourself if you think you can. Even if you live completely off grid, you cannot defend yourself from the radioactivity, pollution, viruses, bacteria, predators that will flourish with billions of corpses littered across the planet.
    You would probably have a better chance of living on the moon at the point. You would not want to live long in that world anyways, so forget the preps.

  3. Cloggie on Tue, 30th Aug 2016 8:49 am 

    The story illustrates that we can quickly run out of oil. Not because of geology, not in 2016, but because of conflict and subsequent supply disruptions. Another possibility could be that in a war refinery capacity gets destroyed that can’t be easily repaired. Building new capacity could cost many years.

    Pew reports that in 2 years time weapons ownership in the US increased from 31 to 44% of the households. Now why would that be? It must be the North-Korean threat, right, not the pictures from Ferguson and Baltimore?

  4. Kenz300 on Tue, 30th Aug 2016 9:12 am 

    Electric cars, trucks, bicycles and mass transit are the future…..fossil fuel ICE cars and trucks are the past…………..

    Think teen agers vs your grand father…………………. cell phones vs land lines…….

    NO EMISSIONS……..climate change is real………

    Save money……no stopping at gas stations…..no oil changes……..less overall maintenance……

  5. makati1 on Tue, 30th Aug 2016 5:19 pm 

    Yes, Kenz, walking requires less maintenance, but your travel is limited. Electric is NOT going to do the things you claim. You may not have ANY electric.

  6. makati1 on Tue, 30th Aug 2016 5:20 pm 

    bushman, many of the likely coming events CAN be prepared for. The others, you can make preps to ease the pain and suffering. Your choice.

  7. makati1 on Tue, 30th Aug 2016 6:49 pm 

    Many ask me why I don’t want to live in the Us. Let me count the reasons…

    http://journal-neo.org/2016/08/30/us-while-no-one-was-looking/

    This one is already in progress.

    http://www.shtfplan.com/emergency-preparedness/what-life-will-be-like-after-an-economic-collapse-tends-to-sneak-up_08292016

    So many reasons, so few who realize…

  8. HARM on Tue, 30th Aug 2016 7:51 pm 

    @Mak,

    I’m sure most Filipinos are nice people, and I realize it’s a very American-friendly country where your retirement checks go far. Even so, if you’re really concerned about collapse/overshoot, I cannot think of many worse places to be right now.

    The population density is already ~900 people per square mile, with a growth rate of 1.7% per year (doubling rate of ~40 years). It’s relatively poor (median income ~$2500), infrastructure is worse than Flint MI, and your new President has declared open season on petty drug dealers and users (but not of course the wealthy kingpins who run the show).

    It sure beats Bangladesh, but not by that much. No thanks, I’ll take my chances here in the water rich and (relatively) sparsely populated Pacific NW.

  9. theedrich on Wed, 31st Aug 2016 1:25 am 

    Let’s consider why resistance is futile.

    One of the sicker aspects of this election is the attitude of the college-educated Whites who claim to be “conservative.”  These robots, programmed by liberal-Marxist professors, have decided to hand the election to Hotflash ØClitory on the excuse that Trump is not “presidentially conservative” in his speech.  That is, he does not kiss the ground Negroes and other non-Whites walk on.  Such servility before parahumans, of course, has nothing to do with “conservatism,” which is dead and rotting in the grave in any case.  It is simply evidence of the cowardliness and sloth of such soi-disant conservatives.

    Today virtually no educated Whites will under any circumstances work on farms in any capacity:  too hard.  Vast numbers have now adopted drugs as part of their “life style.”  They regard their own race, the result of a hundred thousand years of painful and arduous evolution after leaving Africa, as of no account and to be thrown away at the prompting of the Jewbox.  They have been “uni-sexed” into being incapable of telling the difference between male and female.  Many, educated or no, adorn themselves with grotesque tatoos to display their regression to primitiveness — a mark of distinction in their eyes.  And they pride themselves on publicly spurning any fellow Whites who do not wish their race to go extinct.

    In order to maintain the façade of independence, they whisper (not too loudly, of course) that they are “conservative,” a term that nowadays is utterly void of meaning.  All of this, of course, is music to the ears of the Demonic Party and its RINO acolytes who seek to bring about White genosuicde as quickly as possible.  White submergence in the sea of Darkness is the main target of the DeepState elites.  It makes financial and political corruption so much easier, especially when the deranged Christian churches join the bandwagon to hell.

    The perfect sequence to this dance of death is takeover by the cult of slavery, murder and subjection called Mohammedanism.  And that takeover is advancing with unparalleled rapidity.  Just what the elites have asked for.

  10. Cloggie on Wed, 31st Aug 2016 2:29 am 

    I have said similar things about the Ps as Harm does. On the one hand it makes sense… when you get older you get more sensitive for depressing climate and dark cold winters, absent in the Ps. The attractiveness of poor countries for people with a western income level is easy to understand. I visited the Ukraine (ca. $4k/yr) and Crimea in particular in 2010, before Euro-Maidan, and particularly liked Sevastopol (a city also liked by Putin.lol). Beautiful brand new seaside resorts were on offer for merely $50k, less than one-fifth of the price of my average appartment in Holland. Makes you think.

    In Germany, a very old country, for the first time more people leave the cities for the country side than the other way around:

    http://www.spiegel.de/wirtschaft/soziales/wohnen-in-deutschland-immer-mehr-menschen-zieht-es-aufs-land-a-1109484.html

    People want to live cheaper, more quiet, “back to nature”, have a vegetable garden.

    Since I don’t think that either peak oil or climate change are really going to bite before 2030, Makati will probably be ok in the Ps during the remainder of his days. The real threat though for a nice quiet old age could be geopolitics: the Ps coming in the crosshairs in an escalating conflict between the US and China.

    But perhaps Brezinski and Trump will prevail and the empire will be put on the backburner. Let’s hope so.

  11. Cloggie on Wed, 31st Aug 2016 2:38 am 

    Theedrich rants against the socalled “cuckservatives” in the visible “upper layers” of society. But I doubt if these pc people in the media are representative for large numbers of silent whites, the ones who populate the benches of the stadiums where Trump rallies are being held. Neither do I think that they have any intention of going extinct. They perhaps don’t know it yet, but they could be unconsciously mentally preparing to leave the union for the case that Trum won’t win.

  12. Cloggie on Wed, 31st Aug 2016 3:23 am 

    November surprise in the works?

    https://twitter.com/JamesGRickards/status/770852203548389376

  13. derhundistlos on Wed, 31st Aug 2016 5:16 am 

    Instead of “thanking a trucker” we should be thanking a locomotive engineer, but America’s rail system has been and continues to be systematically disassembled. My God how the world has changed. I remember as a lad taking the train cross country on the Super Chief. The facilities and service were exquisite. Yep, real china and silverware when people dressed nicely and would not dare showing themselves in public wearing night clothes. So many of the great railroad flags have fallen thanks to corruption and the over-reliance by local governments to get a majority of property taxes out of hides of the RRs. Then the government built the trucking and airline infrastructure at tax-payer expense, etc, etc. So many bad decisions.

  14. Dredd on Wed, 31st Aug 2016 5:51 am 

    “if the trucks stopped running for some reason the entire country would devolve into chaos” – post author

    Trucks and trains carry containers of goods they pickup and deliver to seaports:

    Liner shipping could lay claim to being the world’s first truly global industry. Likewise it could claim to be the industry which, more than any other makes it possible for a truly global economy to work. It connects countries, markets, businesses and people, allowing them to buy and sell goods on a scale not previously possible.”

    (The Extinction of Robust Sea Ports – 3).

  15. Davy on Wed, 31st Aug 2016 5:56 am 

    The US has one of the finest freight rail systems in the world. Much has been done to improve the rail infrastructure in recent years to accommodate all that coal and oil movement. We improved rail to move all that plastic junk from Asia. The US has little passenger rail but it is my thinking that freight could be converted to passenger rail quickly. If we enter a crisis we are not going to have the money to build new fast trains. We are going to build cheap reliable slow trains. Depending on how bad it gets and how quickly it gets bad we can build very local networks that can manage to move essentials. Food will be the really big item. I see a renaissance of rail coming for the US if we enter a slow crisis. Of course techno’s will not see this as a renaissance because for them fast is progress. Personally I feel there will be no fast rail built in the US because a crisis is just around the corner.

  16. derhundistlos on Wed, 31st Aug 2016 7:02 am 

    Forget “fast” rail. The system used to be fast enough. Remember traveling on either the Missouri Pacific or Illinois Central between Chicago and St. Louis in about 5 hours time, although time always seemed to pass more quickly between dining, reading, visiting with other passengers.

  17. PracticalMaina on Wed, 31st Aug 2016 10:40 am 

    How fast does a train need to be to beat the commute time threw traffic in many commercially important areas? walking pace? slight jog?

  18. PracticalMaina on Wed, 31st Aug 2016 10:45 am 

    Amtrak wants to go high speed by 2021 or 2022, I personally think they have work to do on safety protocols first.

  19. HARM on Wed, 31st Aug 2016 1:14 pm 

    Agree on “fast” vs. “slow” rail. High-speed rail is mostly confined to limited areas of super-high density and mega-cities (Southern China, Japan, Western Europe) because it’s exponentially more expensive than standard rail. If you are not linking many big nearby cities that have huge demand for it, the financials won’t pencil out.

    People forget that just being able to travel safely by rail from the Atlantic to the Pacific in just a few days was heralded as a modern marvel just 150 years ago. “Fast” is relative.

  20. Davy on Wed, 31st Aug 2016 4:18 pm 

    Oops, smooth global growth anyone?

    “Global Supply Chains Paralyzed After World’s 7th Largest Container Shipper Files Bankruptcy, Assets Frozen”
    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-08-31/global-supply-chains-paralyzed-after-worlds-7th-largest-container-shipper-files-bank

    “today the largest casualty finally emerged on Wednesday when South Korea’s Hanjin Shipping, the country’s largest shipping firm and the world’s seventh-biggest container carrier, filed for court receivership after losing the support of its banks, leaving its assets frozen as ports from China to Spain denied access to its vessels.”

  21. Apneaman on Wed, 31st Aug 2016 5:26 pm 

    Cleanup begins after devastating Indiana tornadoes

    “Date:
    August 25, 2016

    Source:
    Reuters – News Video Online / Powered by NewsLook.com

    Summary:
    The clean-up in Indiana has begun after multiple tornadoes slammed the state Wednesday, destroying homes and businessess but miraculously, officials say, causing no fatalities”

    https://www.sciencedaily.com/videos/164034b0c725b9b8b2df6fb37ca7af32.htm

    Tornado strength, frequency, linked to climate change

    https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/08/140806154011.htm

  22. dooma on Thu, 1st Sep 2016 4:54 am 

    Ap, I know that you are not American, but I was watching the world news the other night and the subsequent damage from a tornado. And I was wondering if people who live in areas regularly affected by these storms have to pay a fortune for building/motor vehicle insurance?

    Surely they must have to pay some extra levy because of the risk?

  23. Davy on Thu, 1st Sep 2016 7:19 am 

    Dooma, I am American and no our insurance is not much different than yours I am sure. Where cost escalate is with flood insurance. Tornados do not produce the insured losses floods do. Tornado losses will likely increase with climate change but at the moment they are small scale events that cause great damage in very local events.

  24. PracticalMaina on Thu, 1st Sep 2016 8:51 am 

    Speaking of climate change, what is with this Zika shit and why is it suddenly so damaging and persistent?
    Convenient excuse to spray more poison everywhere. I am suspicious since Monsanto and company have been talking about genetically engineering mosquitoes.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/09/01/like-its-been-nuked-millions-of-bees-dead-after-south-carolina-sprays-for-zika-mosquitoes/

  25. HARM on Thu, 1st Sep 2016 11:57 am 

    @Dooma,

    What Davy said is true here in earthquake country (West Coast) as well. I am a CA native and remember how hundreds of thousands of earthquake insurance policies were cancelled right after the Northridge quake of ’93. The problem with earthquakes is, a sufficiently large one will spread moderate damage over a very wide area, potentially affecting millions, unlike a tornado, which severely impacts a very small area. Insurance companies don’t like that, as it means millions of claims hitting them all at once, potentially bankrupting the company.

  26. dooma on Sat, 3rd Sep 2016 5:14 am 

    Thanks for the information Davy.

  27. dooma on Sat, 3rd Sep 2016 5:20 am 

    Thank you also HARM.

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