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We are ALL affected by emergencies!

History

Even though we live in a rural location, we've generally enjoyed relatively stable availability of food, water, energy, sanitation, medical support, and fuel, but in recent years, some emergencies several of these services and resources:

  • Floods damaged bridges, stranded residents, and compromised water and sanitation systems.
  • Severe cold resulted in shortages of natural gas, damage to many homes, and significant losses to water reserves.
  • Fires damaged and destroyed many homes, leaving many homeless, and related road closures left those most affected with little or no access to relief supplies.
  • Communication disruptions left many without electronic access to their money to purchase needed gasoline and food and isolated many with no ability to contact family members, police, or medical support.


Future Concerns


Electricity: America's electrical grid is very old and at risk of significant regional failures, and current federal policies are eliminating coal power plants, which once provided over 40% of America's electricity. Additionally, we are approaching solar maximums, which could produce large solar flares, causing damage to the grid and many critical electrical devices.

Food & Water: Extended drought conditions are causing shortages of food crops and animal feed, forcing ranchers to reduce herd sizes and driving prices across the board higher and higher. Domestic wells and municipal water sources are are drying up in some areas.

Fuel: International relationships and lack of domestic production are putting our fuel supplies at increasing risk. So far, only prices have been affected, but we may see serious shortages in our rural area in the future.

Data & Communication: Cyber attacks, proposed legislation, malware, and power grid vulnerabilities are likely to adversely affect nearly all of us in one way or another. During extended power failures or rationing, anything with a battery could be rendered useless in a matter of hours or days. Communication by cell phones or the internet may not be an option. When power is out or if bank databases are corrupted, reliance on ATM and credit cards could result in the inability to purchase needed resources, such as food, medication, or fuel.


Solutions

As the weak economy drives incomes down, and prices of food, fuel, and utilities continue to increase, we face the probability of personal shortages of many resources and services that we depend on. When combined, risks of natural, government, and personal emergencies can lead to significant stress, relationship conflicts, and erosion of confidence.

By being personally accountable for preparedness within your means and networking with others in the community for exchange of information, goods, and services, we can mitigate negative outcomes. We all have something to share or contribute, whether it be expertise, services, resources, financial aid, or labor. Building preparedness relationships is fun and rewarding, and being prepared relieves stress and builds confidence.

To better understand your personal risk points, take a look at the What Would You Do? page. Please consider devoting a bit of time to attend Able Lincoln Network meetings, share your needs and expertise with others, and contribute links and data for posting on the Resource pages.



 
  
 
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