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Old 07-16-2013, 10:56 AM
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I know an earthquake is the most likely thing to happen. But an earthquake is localized. So the federal government will mobilize very quickly, and local police and national guard will also do their best to handle the situation so it doesn't get out of hand. Having been in the valley for the Northridge quake, things were destroyed everywhere, but there were police and fire crews, there were citizens helping each other, and so on. Even with large amounts of damage, not all the roads were destroyed, so it was easy to find alternate routes to get to other cities, where the damage was not as bad, and buy groceries, water, etc. It looked like a disaster zone in the valley, but 20 minutes away on the westside, all the stores were open, power was on, and life was like normal. So even if all of LA was trashed, I think people would be able to head down to San Diego, or up to San Fran, and things would be business as usual in those places.
Yes, earthquakes are common, and relatively big ones like the Northridge quake or the San Francisco quake a few years earlier happen every once in a while. It will be good to have a 72 hour kit for something like that.

But when I say I'm prepping for an earthquake, I'm talking about "The Big One," the one people refer to when they discuss beachfront property in Arizona. What troubles me in particular is our aqueduct--an earthquake doesn't have to be The Big One, just in the right place, to take out a scary proportion of Southern California's water supply.
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Old 07-16-2013, 6:09 PM
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Yes, earthquakes are common, and relatively big ones like the Northridge quake or the San Francisco quake a few years earlier happen every once in a while. It will be good to have a 72 hour kit for something like that.

But when I say I'm prepping for an earthquake, I'm talking about "The Big One," the one people refer to when they discuss beachfront property in Arizona. What troubles me in particular is our aqueduct--an earthquake doesn't have to be The Big One, just in the right place, to take out a scary proportion of Southern California's water supply.
Exactly. I am far more worried about what insanity will happen if people lose access to water, food, and other resources for more than a week or two.

But as I said, I think that even if CA is totally screwed from an earthquake, the federal government would send food, water, troops, etc, from other parts of the country.

A pandemic, however, could scare *everyone* into staying home, and then no food gets delivered anywhere. Even places that are agriculture friendly, like the midwest, farmers may be afraid to deliver their produce or livestock because they don't want to risk catching a disease. Which could send the whole country into food riots, not just CA. I would only hope that the government would have troops prepared with proper anti-disease clothing and face masks, so they can do emergency distribution of food and water. I'd just rather be prepared, and have my own supplies, than to have to fight other people for handouts or food drops.
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Old 07-16-2013, 7:10 PM
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I prep for the day that California and about 10 major cities declare bankruptcy, then the resulting lawlessness that quickly turns into rioting and a free for all with no one to hold down the fort. The subsequent martial law declaration by a democrat governor and the answer to it being bringing in national guard and armed forces. This leads to complete and utter chaos which causes millions of refuges to head out of LA. That influx of people totally overwhelms the infrastructure and chaos radiates throughout the western states eventually taking down the government and causing the SHTF. And I also prep for global thermonuclear war being started by Japan.
^ why japan?
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Old 07-16-2013, 9:33 PM
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Why not Japan? I have to admit, I was surprised anyone read that far. But Japan has been building their army up very quietly and they have had imperialistic designs in the past. If I understood some of the intel coming across, Japan was justifying building an arsenal due to North Korea. I was just throwing something up to start the conversation. China, Russia, N Korea, Iran and India were too easy.
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Old 07-16-2013, 10:17 PM
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Like the subject says, what most likely eve t are you prepping for?

I think a large earthquake could shut sh't down enough to say SHTF. If not something like a meteor messing up the whole USA.

What a out you?
Honestly? Anything. Any kind of emergency, either nature or man made. Water, security, ecomm, food, power, etc. But if I had to bet, it would have to be an earthquake in So Cal.
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Old 07-21-2013, 7:28 PM
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We were discussing the earthquake scenario at work(government job) the other day. An earthquake in the Bay Area could collapse the levees that hold back the saltwater from getting into the fresh water supply. If the levees collapse then the Central CA farming community and SoCal could collapse. Water supplies would be cut by 60% in Los Angeles. Economic lose could be in the Billions per year with the water supply off for 3 to 5 years.

We would only have the Colorado River and LA Aqueduct to supply SoCal.
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Old 07-21-2013, 7:44 PM
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Why not Japan? I have to admit, I was surprised anyone read that far. But Japan has been building their army up very quietly and they have had imperialistic designs in the past. If I understood some of the intel coming across, Japan was justifying building an arsenal due to North Korea. I was just throwing something up to start the conversation. China, Russia, N Korea, Iran and India were too easy.
Few years back, Japan lost some nuclear material, but they said it wasn't very much. Yeah, sure.
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Old 07-22-2013, 1:27 PM
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I don't like to copy and paste someone elses work. So you can go here for the descriptions.

5) Viral Pandemic
4) Cyber Attack
3) Economic Collapse
2) Natural Disaster
1) War
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Old 07-24-2013, 8:44 AM
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^ what he said. All in all great feedback and old Ed my eyes to other situations that I truly believe could occur in my lifetime. Regarding War, anyone making drones?
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Old 07-24-2013, 10:32 AM
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Earthquakes and civil unrest are my main concerns.
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