Every once in a while, I like to sit down and reevaluate the biggest potential disaster that I see in the world around us. Doing this helps me to determine whether I’m on track with my prepping. Risks change from time to time and I want to make sure that I’m actually preparing for what’s likely to happen, rather than something that is unlikely to happen.
Take the Ebola virus for example. When the outbreak happened in 2014, that was a lot of talk about the potential for it to turn into a true pandemic and go worldwide. That talk wasn’t just coming out of survival groups and the alternative media, but rather out of respected organizations like the CDC.
Yet, two years have passed and nothing has happened. According to the World Health Organization, the crisis is officially over. It never made it around the world, and the few cases that made it to the United States were contained without spreading. Nor did we see any terrorist groups take advantage of the crisis to use it for a bio-terrorism attack… at least, we didn’t see it outside of fiction.
So, while I had the Ebola crisis high on my list of concerns a couple of years ago, it is no longer there. I’m not ignoring the potential for bio-warfare or bio-terrorism, and I’m not throwing away my bio-hazard suits; but I’m not actively preparing and training for it to happen.
That brings us to the things that I see as the biggest risk today:
[headline_arial_large_centered color=”#000000″]1 – A Grid-Down Situation[/headline_arial_large_centered]
The biggest risk we face today is the loss of the power grid. Our grid is aging and little is being done to modernize it. Mostly, that’s due to government red tape, which gets in the way of all new power construction, other than “green” power plants. This lack of essential maintenance is showing up in an increase in the number of serious blackouts.
There are too many ways that the grid can be taken down. Whether it suffers an EMP attack, straight “kinetic” terrorism, cyber-warfare or just being hit by a hurricane, there are many things which can shut off the power, either regionally or nationally. According to the report by the EMP Commission, a loss of the grid would result in the deaths of as much as 90% of our population, within the first year.
[headline_arial_large_centered color=”#000000″]2 – A Financial Collapse[/headline_arial_large_centered]
Various economists and prognosticators have been talking about an economic collapse for years now. Ever since it was obvious that the economy would not quickly recover from the 2008/2009 recession, it has seemed clear that we’re heading for another big hit; and this one will be much bigger than the last.
Why is this so? It really has to be blamed on a combination of reasons. The national debt is the biggie. The only reason why that alone hasn’t caused our economy to go down, is that the American Dollar is the world’s reserve currency. So the rest of the world is propping up the value of our money.
But there are many things working against the value of the dollar, with several of the biggest of them being caused by our own government. On top of that, the government is hiding the truth about several key economic indicators, keeping investors and the public at large ignorant. That will just work to extend the date when the collapse arrives, while making sure that it hits harder when it gets here.
[headline_arial_large_centered color=”#000000″]3 – Domestic Unrest[/headline_arial_large_centered]
Groups like Black Lives Matter and individuals like the criminal element amongst the illegal alien population are becoming bolder and demanding more. Part of this is because they are receiving way too much support from the White House. When the president sits down with a domestic terrorist group, like Black Lives Matter or doesn’t allow Immigrations and Customs to deport alien criminals, but rather sets them free, he sends the wrong message to the people. He’s literally asking for more violence.
This violence isn’t going to stop anytime soon and will probably continue to escalate. It could even break out into all-out warfare in some urban settings. When that happens, we’ll see a breakdown of society, specifically that of law and order. At the same time, supply lines will be cut, because store owners won’t want to take the risk of bringing in merchandise to stores that might end up being looted or burned.
Of course, this could be the Obama Administration’s plan, allowing the domestic unrest and violence to reach a point which would justify declaring martial law. If that’s the case, then God help us all.
[headline_arial_large_centered color=”#000000″]4 – Islamic Extremism[/headline_arial_large_centered]
This problem just about goes hand-in-hand with the previous point, because some of the members of Black Lives Mater claim to be Muslims. But their brand of Islam is much different than that practiced in the Middle East. That is being imported into our country, courtesy of Barack Obama.
While I believe in freedom of religion, Islam doesn’t. If there was ever a system of totalitarian rule, then Islam embodies it. Whenever Muslims gain control, they do so at the expense of others freedoms, rights and even lives. The influx of Muslims to our country must be curtailed, or our country will no longer be the country the Founding Fathers created.
[headline_arial_large_centered color=”#000000″]5 – Natural Disasters[/headline_arial_large_centered]
The one thing we are all most likely to face in our lives, is the destruction caused by a natural disaster. It doesn’t matter if you’re talking about a hurricane, flood or the eruption of the Yellowstone Supervolcano, nature is much more powerful than we are. All we can do, when she decides to misbehave, is brace ourselves for the impact and get ready to clean up the mess.
While most natural disasters are not TEOTWAWKI events, some may be. Ask the people who lived in New Orleans how their lives are different after Hurricane Katrina. While most are still alive, their lives and world are much different than before. There are still many homes which were never rebuilt and many residential lots that were abandoned, as people went elsewhere to rebuild their lives.
It’s clear from looking at this list, that we aren’t out of the woods yet. In fact, I really doubt we ever will be. That’s all the more reason to keep your powder dry and your survival equipment close at hand.
Until next time,
Dr. Rich Murphy
P.S.: You might notice that I avoided mentioning the election of Hillary Clinton as our next president. While that would be a disaster for the country and she could cause irreparable damage, what happens in Washington doesn’t affect us in the same way as things that happen where we live. So, I left her out of my list.