On http://modernsurvivalonline.com/ Rourke posted a link to a person's story (http://www.pipelinenews.org/index.cfm?page=kahlili9122011101.htm) about what would happen if an EMP came over San Francisco today. Let me tell you, we'd be in trouble. Why? Because the grandkids and I are in San Francisco for the weekend. If an EMP happened this weekend we'd have to walk the couple hundred miles home. We could do that. As soon as I'd realize that this was a big issue then we'd be out of here instantly. That's where people would get into trouble, by waiting for the problem to go away.
I think my biggest concern would be to realize that there is a long term problem happening, not just a short term issue. As soon as the power went out, if I was even aware that the power went out, I'd have to go check my truck to see if it starts up. If it does then all's fine, right? I'd have no idea. At least I have a full tank of gas but how long would that last in nightmare traffic?
First the article says the traffic lights will be out. This would cause a nightmare in this city! Traffic is already a nightmare. For those living close to home, and by that I mean a day walk or 20-25 miles, then there won't really be a problem because of traffic. They can walk. Sure they will get thirsty or hungry but they'll make it just fine. What about us? We are a couple hundred miles away. The kids and I can walk. Especially if we start off right away.
The story starts out that after a couple of days the water supply will run out. The pumping stations will grind to a halt. If we leave right away we could be half way home before the water supplies would run dry. Not a problem, we have water in our packs plus I have a filter with me.
What about food. We'd have enough to get us home but we'd probably be looking forward to a good meal once we got home! The articles says that most cities will be out of food in three days. Fortunately for us after the three days we will be out of most of the cities. If most people have a couple days of food on hand, then I figure in about a week people will be looking for food from travellers. We should be home in the week if we travel 30 miles in a day.
The article talks about how within days, tens of millions of Americans will need to leave their homes looking for water and food. As long as we were one step ahead of them we'll be ok.
What about you? Most likely you are reading this from home and wouldn't have to worry about travelling. If not, how would you make out?