How long before you connect the outage of power, no cell phone operations, no working electronics, no vehicles working and the virtual blackout of information to an EMP? The info blackout alone will plunge us into a whole new world. And the power will not return. What will you do in those first hours of your new found existence? Will you have the presence of mind to realize what has occurred?
More than likely within hours the rumor mill will kick into operation. The only info will be by word of mouth and we all know what happens when we rely on the memories of others. It will be one “so and so said they heard . . .” after another. Soon you’ll set out on foot to see for yourself. Cars abandoned all over the major thoroughfares and people wandering the streets. How long before the more unseemly types start looting? No cars, no cop cars especially. Very soon the crowd mentality will manifest itself. Some enterprising type will smash a store window to see what happens. But nothing will happen – no alarm, and no cops showing up to respond to a silent alarm. So I guess whatever ya see will be yours for the taking.
So do you grab a TV, some DVD players and a few IPods? Or will you be like me? I will know that electronics are useless. I’ll be looting the grocery store, and I’ll have my whole family with me helping. We’ll be loading shopping carts with rice, pasta and canned meats and veggies. Sure, I’ll grab some bread, peanut butter, etc., but I will know there will be no use to raid the rotting meat sitting in the now silent refrigeration cases. And for me personally, I will loot the Books-A-Million across the street from my neighborhood. No TV, no Internet, no entertainment, but I do love to read, so books will be a necessity for a long time to come.
Then stage two planning will be in order. What do you do if the looting moves from the shops once the shelves are empty? No one will have anything better to do than wander around looking for the stuff they want. Will groups form into mobs and raid neighborhoods seeking their loot? Can you defend your home from 25 out of control, angry, bored and determined looters bent on destruction? If not you may be the next victim.
While I could go on and extrapolate this scenario ad infinitum, I would just be adding to the rumor mill of speculation.
Here’s the bottom line: Our nation is sophisticated beyond our imaginations, but within that sophistication resides the concept I have before addressed – educated incapacity. We are so sophisticated we have lost touch with the basic concepts of self-reliance and survival. Do you practice the Mormon concept of preparing for an uncertain future? Mormons try to keep at least 2 years of canned and dried goods stockpiled in case of emergency. Do you? If not you may well wish you did.
If you, like the huge vast majority of citizens in this nation, rely unfailingly upon the infrastructure of commerce to have what you need when you desire it, you may well be in for a damned rude awakening someday. As I began this series, allow me to remind the reader that we live in a precariously balanced and highly ordered society. Every aspect of that society relies on the other aspects of society to operate with some level of confidence.
Everything upon which you relied yesterday will no longer be reliable. The crippling effects of EMP will effect all of us the same – we will all be plunged back 200 years in history in terms of what we will need to do to survive. If worse comes to worse there will only be three types of persons who will persevere – those who prepared in advance, those who live an already somewhat self-sufficient lifestyle in the less densely populated areas, or those willing to do whatever it takes to survive.
Contrary to our socially ingrained default thought processes, no one is coming to assist you. You can’t call the cops. The grocery stores have long been laid barren. Water no longer flows from the pipes. Nothing is as it was yesterday. How long can you rely on the rational and expected actions of others? Remember, when conditions change drastically, so do those determined to survive. Those who do not adapt do not survive. In which camp will you find yourself and your loved ones?
Just because an EMP scenario seems too far fetched, think again. Prior to the bombing of Pearl Harbor, who actually believed such a thing was possible? Who on September 10, 2001 thought the next day would change their reality forever? And as an EMP seems unlikely, so too did Hitler’s launching WWII. Man’s history is replete with examples of the unexpected occurring, and as I have often repeated, if we forget our history we are doomed to repeat it.
I am comfortable with that. Ya see, I know Human history. I know Humans are often not rational. I know that just when ya get too comfortable someone somewhere snatches the rug from beneath your feet. And I know that in the state of comfortable satisfaction lies the seed of doom. Our arrogance will lend to our own potential destruction and I will not sit in ignorance and trust that all will always remain as it has been. The history of Humanity clearly shows that nothing ever remains calm for too long, and a quick glance back reveals the US has been at the top of the heap for a pretty fair amount of time. The world is filled with hatred for us and our freedoms, and rest assured, someone somewhere is pondering just how to unseat us from this comfortable ignorance we swath ourselves in.
If one reads this series and laughs at my scenario, I hope you enjoy the chuckle. If one reads this and say “Hmmm, food for thought,” then my goal has been met. Hopefully my nation’s authorities are on top of this. If not, I’ll be waiting on the other side of the event, looking to see who will join me. Will you be there too? If so, I’ll see ya there. If not, well, you were warned, but Hell, that Whiplash dude is just a paranoid nut, right? That type of horrible thing could never happen here. I mean, Hitler never killed 6 million Jews – just ask the Iranian RatBoy – he’ll tell ya, right?
AUTHOR’S NOTE – There has been some discussion with friends, family and other CP’s about this scenario, and there seems to be a consensus that if such a scenario arose the world would rush to our aid and all would be fine. Perhaps, but allow me to explain the effort that would be needed.
Our nation is 3.7 million square miles in land area. So if 2.5 million sq. mi. were plunged into darkness, how would this work? What if the EMP happened in winter, thus exacerbating the need and desperation due to tens of millions facing freezing to death? To supply 5 lbs of food & fuel per day to the 250 million people effected would require 625,000 tons of aid per day! Do you have any idea how much that is?
And that 625,000 tons of aid per day would have to be disbursed over the entire nation. Over a 2.5 million sq. mi. area. Can the reader grasp the enormous task that would be? It took months to get all the US military equipment to Kuwait for staging the invasion of Iraq. It took MONTHS! During WWII the Red Ball Express supplied 12,500 tons per day to troops in the field, and this effort is still discussed today as a marvel of logistics. 64 years later the 12,500 tons per day delivered by the Red Ball is still considered a major accomplishment, and they only had to deliver supplies over a 10,000 sq. mi. area of France.
Now does the reader begin to see that if supplying 12,500 tons over 10,000 sq. mi. is a feat of marvel, what would supplying 625,000 tons per day over 2.5 millions sq. mi. be? See my included link in the Resources section. I will be glad to discuss this further should anyone be interested – just PM me. Thanks.