What Five Days Without Trucks Would Look Like
The modern supply delivery chain system is a great thing – when it works. Goods are delivered “just in time.” What would happen if they were out of time? Or if they never came at all?
Daisy Luther at the Organic Prepper did a great job of pondering what would happen if the trucking industry suddenly ceased to operate. The results would be cataclysmic. Please read that and understand what it means to preppers.
Don’t just read Daisy’s article; watch the video she links to. Think hard about how a supply shortage – even for a week or two – would affect your daily life.
“Think for a moment about what would happen if the trucks stopped running. The trucking industry is the lifeblood of this country, and according to this, it would only take 5 days without trucks for all hell to break loose.”
A short interruption would mean the absence from retail shops and store shelves of:
No money at banks and ATMs;
No trash pickup;
No anything we use everyday.
Without these things a general panic would rapidly set in amongst the lesser prepared. And it would not even take a full five days. I read somewhere that a supermarket only has about three days worth of food at any one time. And that’s under normal circumstances. If people know there is a shortage, they will floor the store and loot everything instantly – see any hurricane or winter ice storm. What if no more supplies came in?
In short order, the panic could turn into a civil war or some scene from a zombie movie.
If the supply chain is just in time, that’s great – so long as it works. You, on the other hand, should live a little differently. Plan a week or a month or six months in advance. Stock up so you can ride out any shortage that might happen. Prepare for how you might have to live if the shortage was permanent. In other words, prep.
These things seem remote, even for those of us who regularly think about them. But they can and do happen from time to time. Puerto Rico is still recovering from the last hurricane. Things are bad but they would be intolerable if outside aid didn’t come in.
And it’s not enough to simply stock up on all the things you might need. You will have to defend the cache also. Many of the unprepared will come looking for food, shelter, heat, etc. And they won’t be so kind in their asking for it.
Please read, watch, and consider what could easily happen to our world of modern convenience.
*Daisy Luther is a coffee-swigging, gun-toting, homeschooling blogger who writes about current events, preparedness, frugality, and the pursuit of liberty on her website, The Organic Prepper. She curates all the most important news links on her aggregate site, PreppersDailyNews.com She is the best-selling author of 4 books and lives in the mountains of Virginia with her two daughters and an ever-growing menagerie. You can find Daisy on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.
A lack of trucking is the perfect example of a problem that would rapidly ripple across society. One would not want to be caught in these ripples. Pray this doesn’t happen but prep as if it is a certainty.
Perrin Lovett writes about freedom, firearms, and cigars (and everything else) at www.perrinlovett.me. He is none too fond of government meddling.