The First 24 Hours:
Hospitals will run out of basic supplies in a few hours.
Service Stations will begin to run out of fuel.
Assembly lines would stop, putting thousands of people out of work.
U.S. Mail & other package delivery will cease. Get meds via the Mail? Not anymore!
Store shelves will be totally bare in about three days.
Within 2 to 3 Days:
Supplies of essentials like Bottled Water will disappear.
ATM’s will run out of cash. The Tellers won’t have any more cash in THEIR drawers, either!
Rail transport will come to a standstill. (Trucks deliver the Diesel Fuel to Rail Hubs)
Garbage will start piling up. (Remember the New York City Garbage Collector’s Strike?!
Service Stations by now will be totally OUT of fuel!
Within 1 Week:
Automobile traffic will cease due to lack of fuel.
Hospitals will begin to exhaust their Oxygen supplies. Prescription meds-gone as well!
Within 2 Weeks:
Clean water supplies will begin to run out.
Within 4 Weeks:
Clean water supplies will be exhausted and the water will be unsafe to drink.
There are a number of things that could cause the Trucks to stop running.
Civil unrest, a Cyber Attack, an EMP, be it from the Sun or a Nuclear event, Strikes, or
A run-of-the-mill natural disaster, Earthquake, windstorm, etc.. Power Plants could go offline
Because they could not get spare parts delivered due to the Trucks not running. There goes
your electricity-bye bye medical devices if you need them!
At this point in time, I think the two most probable are civil unrest and / or a cyber attack.
Our present Just-In-Time delivery system is INCREDIBLY VULNERABLE to any of the above
mentioned scenarios. Remember the Windstorm of 2007? I DO! This was merely a local event,
but the Trucks could not get here from Portland due to downed Trees. Sally and I ran out of fuel!
And we ALMOST ran out of food! I will NEVER allow my household to be in that position again!
This is why I have put back canned food. This is why we have a Butane Camp Stove. This
Is why we have an Off-Grid Kerosene Heater. This is why we have Solar Power. This is why
we have battery powered rechargeable emergency lights for every room in the house. This
Is why Sally and I are BOTH Licensed Ham Radio Operators. This is why I took advanced
EMS training and served as a Medic on a small Fire Department. This is why I have an
EIGHT DAY emergency survival kit in my vehicle.
THIS IS WHY I TOOK THE POST OF DISASTER RESPONSE COORDINATOR FOR MY CHURCH!