When people think about living in a safe and secure community, things such as crime top the list. Numerous Gallup poll surveys maintain that about 70 percent of Americans feel safe walking alone at night. Of course, urban areas generally skew lower. But crime isn’t the only reason to fear for your safety. You are greater risk than you may realize.
Water Shortages and Droughts
Droughts have killed thousands of people in the United States and if your community has a suspect water source, you are at risk. During the 1930, the Dust Bowl caused by a sustained drought that dried up agricultural land creating enormous black dust clouds. They literally blotted out the sun. The phenomenon lasted into the 1940s and displaced thousands. Heat waves and water shortages have struck a U.S. region nearly every decade. Today, California experiences drought that spark massive wild fires and devastates entire communities. How well is your region stacked in terms of long-term water supply? Not nearly well enough.
Water Supply Threats
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention warns that naturally occurring contaminates such as uranium, radon and arsenic can find the way into your tap water. Similarly, fertilizers and insect control chemicals can infect drinking water. Underground tanks and sewage are also common contaminates. If you live in one of many places that relies on an open lake, nothing could be more optimal to a terror strike than a mass poisoning. Many people are amazed that such a mass terror attack hasn’t already occurred. That filter on your faucet will not keep you out of harm’s way.
Although chemical and textile plants are heavily regulated, some still get away with pollution. Systematic and almost undetectable dumping has caused neighboring communities to get sick. In some New England mills, companies once collected rain water in cisterns to avoid government oversight and washed out chemicals including arsenic into rivers and streams. If you live down river from such an old manufacturing facility, you might unknowingly be living on a brown field. Danger may be right underneath your feet.
Natural Disaster Preparedness Plans?
As Hurricane Katrina so tragically demonstrated, human constructed levees, dams and structures can escalate the death toll when Mother Nature unleashes her wrath. Faltering levees accounted for a high percentage of deaths during Katrina. Persistent rainfall alone crippled Rhode Island in 2010. After a less than 10-inch downpour fell, rivers overflowed and the Department of Homeland Security had to intervene. Does your community have a realistic natural disaster plan? Rhode Island didn’t.
Disease Control Plan? Anyone?
The CDC travels the globe trying to avert the spread of skin-contact and airborne viruses. If you raised your hand at a town council meeting and asked the politicians, fire and police chiefs, could they explain the community contingency plan? In all likelihood, they don’t’ have a plan and neither does anyone in your area. They’ll call up the chain of command while you lock yourself indoors and watch re-runs of The Walking Dead. Your community was probably safer during the 1950s when it had bomb shelter drills. You’re on your own.
What Happens When The Power Goes Out?
Well, you know what happens. The lights go off and your refrigerator won’t keep food cold. Air conditioners don’t work and stores close. The U.S. power grid is uniquely vulnerable. We have heard some news reports about hackers trying to disrupt service. If Gucifer can get into Hillary’s email, someone out there can shut off the power. Hackers aside, any foreign or domestic enemy with a reasonably powerful EMP weapon can knock out the grid. Yes, that Crazy Fat Kid in North Korea could do it with a missile. Does your community have backup power sources or a plan to deal with zero communication, no cold food or home power? Unlikely.
The best solution is personal preparedness. Stock up on bottled water. Get a solar generator and convert your basement or root cellar into a sustainable shelter. Although you may be able to walk safely after sundown, your community is NOT safe.