Today diesel prices are close to $5.00 per gallon, a new semi tractor truck costs in excess of $200,000.00, and if you have not noticed a few of the roads and bridges in America are falling apart at best, not drivable at worse. We are living in a time where the large retailers carry “just in time” inventory, while generally the American population follows that same philosophy in their kitchens, with weekly or not daily trips to the grocery store.
What will you do when trucks stop?
The following is an excerpt from a report put out by the American Trucker Associations entitled “When Trucks Stop, America Stops“….
A Timeline Showing the Deterioration of Major Industries Following a Truck Stoppage
• Delivery of medical supplies to the affected area will cease.
• Hospitals will run out of basic supplies such as syringes and catheters within hours. Radiopharmaceuticals will deteriorate and become unusable.
• Service stations will begin to run out of fuel.
• Manufacturers using just-in-time manufacturing will develop component shortages.
• U.S. mail and other package delivery will cease.
Within one day
• Food shortages will begin to develop.
• Automobile fuel availability and delivery will dwindle, leading to skyrocketing prices and long lines at the gas pumps.
• Without manufacturing components and trucks for product delivery,
assembly lines will shut down, putting thousands out of work.
Within two to three days
• Food shortages will escalate, especially in the face of hoarding and consumer panic.
• Supplies of essentials—such as bottled water, powdered milk, and
canned meat—at major retailers will disappear.
• ATMs will run out of cash and banks will be unable to process
• Service stations will completely run out of fuel for autos and trucks.
• Garbage will start piling up in urban and suburban areas.
• Container ships will sit idle in ports and rail transport will be disrupted, eventually coming to a standstill.
Within a week
• Automobile travel will cease due to the lack of fuel. Without autos and busses, many people will not be able to get to work, shop for groceries, or access medical care.
• Hospitals will begin to exhaust oxygen supplies.
Within two weeks
• The nation’s clean water supply will begin to run dry.
Within four weeks
• The nation will exhaust its clean water supply and water will be safe for drinking only after boiling. As a result gastrointestinal illnesses will increase, further taxing an already weakened health care system.
What could cause a trucking stop in America.
- Electromagnetic Pulse
- Internet Virus
- General Strike
- Roadblock’s and Searches
- Depletion of Drivers
- Cost of Equipment
- Cost of Diesel
- Roadway deterioration
- I am sure you can think of others.
What will you do when trucks stop? Perhaps the first question you should ask is do you believe that they could stop?
Most survivalists including me will quite simply tell you, our country with a big enough emergency or collapse is sitting at panic in one day, food and water shortages in four, with anarchy in one to two weeks. Maybe this week would be a good week to store up a bit on dehydrated food and water.