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Post by ReadyMom on Sat Jan 05, 2019 3:43 pm

When Trucks Stop, America Stops
http://www.truckline.com/NR/rdonlyres/5E2BCA15-7C12-43CA-9F82-154A5A7A2F3C/0/WhenTrucksStopAmericaStops.pdf

Prepared by the American Trucking Associations

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. Radio
    pharmaceuticals 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.


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 transactions.
  • 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 nationâ'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.

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Post by ReadyMom on Sat Jan 05, 2019 3:45 pm

Hat Tip Hat Tip to 'Pixie' over at Planning For Pandemics

Truckers crucial in flu pandemic, study says
http://www.thestar.com/living/article/513486

TheStar.com - News & Features - Truckers crucial in flu pandemic, study says

Health care staff aren't the only ones who should get top priority

October 08, 2008
Stuart Laidlaw
Faith and Ethics Reporter

When a flu pandemic hits, utility workers and truck drivers will be as valuable in resolving the ensuing crisis as doctors and nurses will be, and so should also get top priority when it comes to deciding who gets medical care, a new bioethics study says.

"It takes a lot of people to keep society going," says Nancy Kass, a professor at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and lead author of the study in the most recent edition of the journal Biosecurity and Bioterrorism.

Traditional pandemic planning calls for giving first priority for medical treatment to hospital staff and "first responders" to a crisis, such as firefighters and ambulance workers, so that the immediate health crisis can be dealt with effectively.

But as Hurricane Katrina showed three years ago, the study argues, "the after-effects of a disaster can be as damaging as the precipitating event," as electricity and heat are cut off, clean water becomes scarce and sewage starts to back up.

"There could be widespread social chaos, significant outbreaks of other infectious diseases, and severe anxiety, with the possibility of social degeneration, looting, or even violence as people try to secure needed supplies," the study says.

-snip-

The study also predicts there will be limited resources for helping those in need, so recommends that the rich and middle class be expected to stockpile their own food, water, batteries, medicines and other supplies, allowing scarce public resources to be dedicated to helping the most vulnerable in society. --- FULL REPORT at link, above ---

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Post by Drinkthekoolaid on Tue Mar 05, 2019 9:46 pm

This is a sector I know very well.

Ive taken what j know and what I've learned about other topics.

There are many ways trucks can stop. Nationwide strike, gas shortage, electric grid down, internet down, pandemic, EMP etc...


Anyone of the above will cause trucking to grind to a halt and it will have consequences most can't imagine.

Do you guys have any idea how dependent steel Mills, oil refineries, chemical plants, power plants etc... Are on receiving regular industrial gas deliveries and what happens if they don't receive them? They do not have large on site tanks or inventory storage to last a long time.

How long do you think hospitals will last until people start dying from running out of supplies and resources. I guarantee it's not as long as you think.

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Post by dmwalsh568 on Wed Mar 06, 2019 8:57 am

Just in time systems may be great for the bottom line but they reduce resiliency, so any hiccups in distribution can cause major disruptions.... And a full stop on all deliveries would cause a full blown SHTF. Even if the underlying problem was solved in a few weeks it would take a long time to get back to normal.

Just one of the many reasons I prep...

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Post by rick1 on Wed Mar 06, 2019 1:49 pm

According Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (alphabet for short), the trucks will stop running within 10 years, she is one heck of an uneducated person. And she has a lot of backing:


https://www.npr.org/2019/02/07/691997301/rep-alexandria-ocasio-cortez-releases-green-new-deal-outline

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Post by dmwalsh568 on Wed Mar 06, 2019 2:56 pm

I try to keep just to prepping and stay out of politics, but I can't answer without touching on that, so...

AOC didn't say any such thing. She has set an aspiration goal of removing combustion engines from the roads, not get rid of trucks. HUGE difference between the two statements. Electric vehicles or fuel cell vehicles would both qualify as non-combustion and companies have been developing both to keep ahead of trends.

Ok, went through the proposal and no mention of trucks at all. The only section I could find that even touches on it is:

Page 8, lines 15 thru 24:
(H) overhauling transportation systems in the United States to remove pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector as much as is technologically feasible, including through investment in—
(i) zero-emission vehicle infrastructure and manufacturing;
(ii) clean, affordable, and accessible public transit; and
(iii) high-speed rail;

Personally I think investment in those areas is a great idea since it will spur innovation here at home rather than letting other countries take the lead, technologically speaking.

Anyway, local electric delivery trucks are already being tested.

UPS has a program: https://www.fastcompany.com/90229460/your-ups-deliveries-may-soon-arrive-in-electric-trucks

And Frito-Lay launched their test program back in 2013 to evaluate diesel versus electric delivery trucks. You can read more about it here: https://www.nrel.gov/transportation/fleettest-electric-frito.html

Wired had a good article from November 2017 talking about the long haul trucking market: https://www.wired.com/story/teslas-electric-truck-is-comingand-so-are-everyone-elses/

Long haul trucks are the hardest part to fix, but if folks are serious about slowing down climate change then something has to happen. Sure, I realize some folks don't think it's real or that its just normal climate variations, but I tend to think that climate scientists get things right more often than not...and the weather has started getting seriously weird in the past few years. Anybody in the midwest might remember that chilly weather we had in January? When Chicago was -22F it was 20F in Nome, AK and -6F in Utqiagvik, AK - something is seriously wrong when the midwest is colder than Alaska!

https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2019/01/30/chicago-deep-freeze-colder-than-arctic-yukon-mars-siberia-mount-everest/

All that said, I wouldn't suggest that anyone under 30 consider trucking to be a viable long term career. With self-driving cars and trucks, how long will it be before robotic vehicles are moving the freight that used to be driven by truckers? Whether they are diesel powered, hydrogen powered, or electric doesn't matter to the folks who may be replaced by automation....

Sorry for the mini-rant. I get peeved when people spout talking points and don't pay attention to details. Details matter. Ok, back to prepping... anybody still worried about Pakistan and India clashing again over the Kashmir territories?  Cool


I yield the soap box.

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Post by rick1 on Wed Mar 06, 2019 4:49 pm

I agree with ya dmwalsh568, especially with the politic side of it, but the last four words in the second paragraph of their goal is:

"eliminate all U.S. carbon emissions."

Now there are ways to slow down, not eliminate carbon emissions such as battery vehicles, propane vehicles, etc..

State College, PA., their buses have been running on propane for years now and PA is trying to expand the use of natural gas versus coal and oil, but it hasn't gotten the votes to pass.

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Post by oldasrocks on Wed Mar 06, 2019 5:44 pm

OMG! If the trucks quit and we get snowed in this household will run out of fuel and supplies by Christmas.

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