With respect to the article: let he who has eyes to see, READ. But what a difficult piece to read, if we stop long enough to consider that these are masses of human beings, trapped.
Anyone that thinks we on the mainland couldn’t end up in the same situation is terribly short sighted. If (when?) the New Madrid fault lets loose again, the geology of the central U.S. and east coast won’t limit travel of the seismic waves the way the west coast geology does. Damage from the New Madrid quake(s) in 1811/12 was widespread, and a FEMA report says that a 7.7 quake today would result in “ ‘widespread and catastrophic physical damage’ across Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee — home to some 44 million people.”
People also tend to forget that Charleston, SC, experienced a roughly 7.0 earthquake in 1886, and that was felt in virtually ever city in the nation east of the Rockies. Significant damage occurred in such places as Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Philadelphia, etc.
Forget the EMPs for a moment (not much longer, though – heck, we just dodged another major solar CME a couple of weeks ago). If a major east coast or central U.S. earthquake hits, roads won’t be passable for great distances, and many bridges will be gone. Essentially, almost anywhere in the U.S. could become almost as isolated as Puerto Rico inside of a minute, and the damage would be far more widespread than PR. All those midwest corn and wheat fields would be useless if the machines couldn’t harvest the crops and trucks couldn’t transport them to market.
The article mentioned medications. One “trick” it did not mention was getting a physician to let you have a stronger strength of a medication, as long as it isn’t timed release, and then keep refilling it on time. Break them in half (or quarters) and use what you need, saving the rest. Check the expected safe life of each medication because they vary considerably. Any decent pharmacist should probably be able to tell you what you need to know in a disaster situation when availability isn’t present (just don’t tell him/her that your doctor is giving you 200mg of whatever, but you only need 50 or 100mg). Also ask about refrigeration. Even if your power goes out and you can’t sustain enough power to run the fridge, you at least have preserved your supply nicely up to the point of power loss.
So many things to think about, including all the psychological aspects that Selco has nicely detailed for us, and we’re beginning to hear about in PR. As stated in a previous post, the lessons of Harvey in Houston (now multiplied by Irma and Maria, plus the two Mexicon earthquakes) can be wonderfully instructive to those that have eyes to see….