Get Prepared Now for Infrastructure Failures Leading to Collapse

It’s not just our food supply that is vulnerable to disruption. Our critical infrastructure is vulnerable and could isolate cities.

The pipeline hack and resulting gas shortages in the Southeast last week should serve as an important reminder of how vulnerable our infrastructure is to disruption. We also saw recently that traffic was stopped up on the Mississippi River because of damage on the I-40 bridge in Tennessee. Not long before that, a ship stuck in the Suez Canal halted a portion of global trade. The lesson is that it doesn’t take much to upset the carefully balanced apple cart of modern society.

There are a few other natural or manmade disasters that can interrupt the flow of goods and threaten us with a breakdown.

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Gasoline Shortage in Eastern U.S. Another Example of Fragile Infrastructure

Last year it was COVID-19. In February it was cold weather. Today it’s a ransomware attack. Why have large companies been blind to the fragility of their supply chain and the havoc problems can wreak in the marketplace

A friend from the shore called to tell me his wife sent him out to fill their seven gasoline cans. She’d been told that there were gas lines in town and that gas was selling out at some stations. My friend told me he saw one guy at a gas station filling nine gas tanks. I called one of my daughters, yep; she had heard the same thing in her city.

It’s like the COVID-19 toilet paper shortage but with gasoline. A rumor starts that supplies are tight and it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy and it sells out, mostly thanks to guys filling up every spare container.

I mention his impending shortage to a neighbor and he isn’t worried. He drives an old diesel. His thinking that it would be easier to get diesel than gasoline if the Colonial Pipeline that brings petroleum products from Texas through the South and up the East Coast to New York doesn’t re-start soon. His truck is probably old enough that it lacks the modern clean diesel technology and can run on heating oil in a pinch.

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I’m Building Infrastructure to Support My Future Food Supply

If our society collapses in a TEOTWAWKI event, we’ll struggle to hang on to our remnants of modern society. Building it to last and building it now will be keys to success.

There is a three-piece article on building prepper infrastructure by 3AD Scout that is appearing this week on SurvivalBlog.com. It struck a cord with me and is well worth reading.

3AD Scout makes many good points, some of which should be familiar to our readers, including:

  • The complexity of our modern society and how one interruption can cause a domino effect;
  • The need to be a generalist after a TEOWAWKI event, competent in many areas, rather than a specialist who can do only one thing; and
  • That our stockpiles will run out and we will need to supply water, food and medical care for ourselves, even after we have eaten the last can of food or used the last antibiotic.
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Bridges, new Bridges, Get Your Fresh Infrastructure Here

A trillion here, a trillion there; pretty soon you’re talking about some real money. Money we don’t have, but don’t worry, you’ll eventually pay for it.

On the heels of a $2 trillion COVID-19 relief bill that spend far more money than necessary of dozens of things that have little or nothing to do with COVID-19, we are now getting a look at the next piece of over-laden spending bill the Biden administration will try to shove through Congress and down the throats of the American people: The $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan.

I am not against the idea of rebuilding our roads, bridges, damns, locks, ports, airports and trains. For example, I think the interstate highway system is one thing that made this country great and continues to aid commerce and transportation.

But…

What happened to all the money allocated for those so-called “Shovel Ready” projects during the Obama administration? Before we allocate more money for infrastructure, I’d like to get a report on how the last chunk of change was spent and whether we, as a country and as taxpayers, got what we expected out of it. If private industry said, “We’re going to spend $662 billion on capital improvements over the next 8 years,” then you can bet shareholders would want a detailed accounting of how that money was spent and how it benefitted the organization. So before you rush to spend more money, Mr. Biden, how about accounting for the last project? How well did you spend those funds?

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