Three Days to Anarchy?

Today’s preparedness thoughts from a Regular Joe;

I borrowed the title for this post from a fellow blogger’s blog title “Three Days to Anarchy”, which by the way has a really great post from April 2, ‘Civics 101’.  If you get a little time after reading my post it check out.

I am sure that every time you go to fill the tank lately you notice what you are paying for gas.   Next time check out the diesel fuel price if you are not using it.  Every thing that you buy at the store gets there by truck, trucks that use diesel fuel.

Everything on the shelf gets there by truck.

Everything on the shelf gets there by truck.

You can expect the price of everything you buy to rise if the price of fuel stays high.  But worse than that what if trucks stop running?   In many parts of the country people in localized areas have experienced this for a short period of time.  If you  haven’t experienced it lately or never have, there are some statistics you might want to take into account when making preparedness plans.

The Economic Collapse is a great resource blog for a condensed view of what is happening in the world today.  The following is an excerpt from their post “Read This First Before you Decide That Preppers Are Crazy”

A Timeline Showing the Deterioration of Major Industries Following a Truck Stoppage

The first 24 hours

• 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.

A winter storm or a hurricane can bring trucks to a halt.

A winter storm or a hurricane can bring trucks to a halt.

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.

This timeline presents only the primary effects of a freeze on truck travel. Secondary effects must be considered as well, such as inability to maintain telecommunications service, reduced law enforcement, increased crime, increased illness and injury, higher death rates, and likely, civil unrest.


What if a greater disaster kept trucks from running for months?

What if a greater disaster kept trucks from running for months?

Earlier in the report, the reasons why America’s water supply would be in such jeopardy are described in greater detail….

According to the American Water Works Association, Americans drink more than one billion glasses of tap water per day. For safety and security reasons, most water supply plants maintain a larger inventory of supplies than the typical business. However, the amount of chemical storage varies significantly and is site specific. According to the Chlorine Institute, most water treatment facilities receive chlorine in cylinders (150 pounds and one ton cylinders) that are delivered by motor carriers. On average, trucks deliver purification chemicals to water supply plants every seven to 14 days. Without these chemicals, water cannot be purified and made safe for drinking. Without truck deliveries of purification chemicals, water supply plants will run out of drinkable water in 14 to 28 days. Once the water supply is drained, water will be deemed safe for drinking only when boiled. Lack of clean drinking water will lead to increased gastrointestinal and other illnesses, further taxing an already weakened healthcare system.

Can you see why I always recommend that you make sure that you and your family have access to fresh water and a way to purify it?

The full 9 page report is available at 

Trucks can stop rolling for a variety of reasons, the most common being weather.  How long can you and your family get by if or when the trucks stop rolling?

Regular Joe

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About Regular Joe

I am just a 'Regular Joe', follower of my Savior Christ Jesus, loving the wife He gave me 40 years ago and sharing my experiences on God, salvation and preparedness both spiritual and physical.

Posted on April 3, 2012, in General Preparedness and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. We think waaayyy too much alike. Scary…

  2. Yah, I am pretty sure that your my brother from another mother! I definitely relate to what you post!


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