And of course, we talked about us being prepared in case of an emergency.
Then he brought up the worse case scenario of another attack like 9-11, and the even worse aspect of multiple attacks all at once in a few different cities around the country.
An attack like that would possibly throw panic across the entire country and bring our nation to a halt. But I don't know if it would happen that way. The reason I'm skeptical is because I remember that unlike the people who were directly affected by the attacks on 9-11, my family was not affected other than angered.
I think if there was some sort of a huge attack type of situation, then I can see people flooding out of the cities to try to get to higher more isolated protected ground. I can see huge problems along the way.
Look at Hawaii and take a look at what was happening while they were preparing for the tsunami to hit them. There were reports of people hoarding everything off the shelves in the super markets and fights breaking out over people trying to fill up their cars at gas stations.
The best and worse in a person's nature comes out during a crisis, real or not. In the case of Hawaii and the tsunami, it was a great drill but that was about it. And yes, there are things that people there might want to do in the future to be more prepared.
As for my family, well we live in the Sierra Mountains in a remote "town" of 189 people located at 2800 foot elevation. So all in all, I'm not worried about a tsunami or flood of any sort. And yes, really, we're not exactly the number one target for terrorist or a nuke attack.
But if something did happen down below in the cities than yes I can see this area getting a whole lot of people coming up here.
Besides not being able to accommodate everyone, the biggest problems during any crisis is the medical needs. People with chronic illness and those who need immediate care will need help. And then there are those who need medications everyday, they are dependant on medications.
Homeland Security advises everyone since 9-11 to keep at least a 30 day supply of your medications on hand just for emergencies. For me, I keep two months supply on hand. After all, better safe than sorry.
For the short term, meaning a few days to a couple of weeks, I think everyone would be fine after the initial panic. Once services are restored people have a tendency to calm down some and act more civilized.
All of a sudden my short supply of gas to run my water pumps for my wells might not last. So water becomes an important issue. Luckily I have a hand pump on one well, so at least we will have water.
Then there's food, and how long can your pantry hold you until you need more food. All of a sudden you start thinking of ways to feed your family. For me, I try to always keep at least 50 pounds of rice on hand.
My grandfather used to say, "if you have rice, you won't starve!" And he'd know, after all he endured the real hard times of the Great Depression and the strict rationing during World War II in Hawaii when a lot of things were in short supply.
But as for other food, my wife cans and bottles, and yes she gardens. We also have stock and a lot of game that comes through our property. Because our home is located on the edge of thousands of acres of forested wilderness, when I say game, I mean deer, turkey, fox, bob cats, coyotes, mountain lion, and even bear.
And yes, they all taste like chicken.
Now as for a threat from the lousier side of human nature? Well, like everyone up here, I have guns and some ammo in reserve. But more important than having truck loads of ammo, and no I'm not saying that that is a bad thing to have, is that we support each other around here.
My neighbors and I have already talked about what would happen if something big did take place and people started flooding in these parts. We figure that we'd gather up, then link up with others in the area for mutual protection and survival.
One of the nice things about living in rural America is that my neighbors are all like minded people.
Since we're in the hills, imagining that the County Sheriff and Highway Patrol would probably have their hands full, I would think most folks up here wouldn't have to travel to town until things settled down.
The hope of course is that laws won't be broken. But if the law did break down to a certain extent, then a Citizens Group would be able to help maintain the peace until the proper civil authorities can get a better handle on things and regain control of the situation.
We have to do for ourselves. And to see what the government recommends for all Americans, Homeland Security has published their 30 Tips for Emergency Preparedness: http://www.dhs.gov/xcitizens/editorial_0711.shtm