Originally Posted by Paltik
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.