Letter: Reality Check

The following is my view of a major event in a large metropolitan area. Those that are fortunate enough to reside in a rural area will obviously have it much better. We all have read about bugging out and sheltering in place. The reality may not be our choice. Depending on the situation, you may not be able to leave the area. If the situation is a looming storm or hurricane, you may and probably will have warning and probably can evacuate if you don’t wait until it’s too late. If the event gives no warning, only a very small number will get out in the first hours or even days. As soon as an event is triggered, panic will ensue, the roads will very quickly become grid locked due to accidents, stalled cars, and so forth. In a panic, people become irrational and some become “animals”. It will not be a pretty sight. Some have the idea that they will fight their way to their retreat or home, but this will be harder than you can imagine if the entire population is in a panic mode. The solution? I’m not sure there is any one solution, as survival will depend on preparation, good fortune, Good Samaritans, et cetera. Those that have a get home bag and are not an extreme distance from home have a better chance, obviously. Those that are some distance may have it very rough, and I hope if this is your situation your family has the means to survive at home until you can finally get there. Those that are trapped at home may or may not survive, depending on the event. A nuclear, biological, or chemical attack, depending on the severity and size of the device, will kill hundreds or thousands of people; you may be one of them. If not, you will have dead bodies that will become a severe hazard in a few days. What is the answer? Well, you can move to a redoubt location, stay away from the cities, have a huge amount of preps, live in a fortified commune, and then hope the event doesn’t hit your area or maybe have a vehicle ready filled with gas at all times, stocked with preps, ready to leave at a moment’s notice, and hope everyone in the family is at home when the event unfolds. The reality is not what any of us want to hear. Many of us will not survive a catastrophic event, and those that do will not survive the aftermath, whether it be from starvation, disease, or violence. I pray that I am wrong and pray that an event like this never happens, but if it does the reality is it will be UGLY. Sorry, I know this is not what anyone wants to hear. – C7