When the Trucks Stop Delivering, ”The System” Will Collapse


By Tess Pennington

Collectively speaking, most Americans take for granted the system in place to deliver essential supplies to their area. “The system,” an underlying infrastructure that keeps goods, services and commerce in America flowing creates a sense of normalcy and order. Food, water, gasoline and medications are just a few of the items restocked weekly in order for our dependent society to maintain a steady flow.

What many fail to grasp is just how fragile the system is and just how quickly it can collapse.

Our transportation systems are one of the weakest links. Mac Slavo explains:

In a 2012 report prepared for legislators and business leaders by the American Trucking Associations highlights just how critical our just-in-time inventory and delivery systems are, and assesses the impact on the general population in the event of an emergency or incident of national significance that disrupts the truck transportation systems which are responsible for carrying some ten billion tons of commodities and supplies across the United States each year.

A shutdown of truck operations as a result of elevated threat levels, terrorist attacks, or pandemics would, according to the report, have “a swift and devastating impact on the food, healthcare, transportation, waste removal, retail, manufacturing, and financial sectors.

So too would events such as an EMP attack or a coordinated cyber-attack that could shut down global positioning systems and the computers responsible for inventory control.

The report goes on to explain that consumer fear and panic will exacerbate shortages. News of a truck stoppage—whether on the local level, state or regional level, or nationwide—will spur hoarding and drastic increases in consumer purchases of essential goods. Shortages will materialize quickly and could lead to civil unrest.

What the following graphic will demonstrate is just how quickly the descent will be. When the trucks in America stop, all commerce and delivery stops with it.

To avoid falling into this recipe for disaster, use the information presented in this graphic as a guideline to being self-reliant. Listed within the graphic are critical supplies that will disappear off the shelves at the first signs of this disaster. These are the items you want to stock up on before the trucks stop delivering. Many items such as powdered milk and canned meat are versatile supplies that can be used for short-term and long-lasting disasters.

When I wrote The Prepper’s Blueprint: The Step-By-Step Guide To Help You Through Any Disaster, I emphasized the importance of having a well-rounded preparedness plan that encompasses many different types of emergency scenarios. This essential survival guide stresses how important is to have plans and supplies in place in order to be better prepared for the disasters that are on the horizon.

  •  Create a food pantry. Creating a food supply is very beneficial to your budget. It is an investment into your future livelihood. One thing analysts and financial pundits agree on is that, in general, commodities will continue to rise. When others are buying foods at inflated prices, you will be consuming your investment when it was purchased at a lower price. Using a combination of shelf stable foods, you can create a well-rounded food supply to depend on when an emergency arises.
  • Store water. We need water to survive – and our preps should reflect this important need. An aspect that I love the most about preppers is that we love to have back ups for our back ups. Having a short-term water supply that you regularly rotate into your kitchen will ensure you have a freshwater source to turn to during a short lived emergency. As well, having filtration systems and portable water purification tools will ensure you can purify water for longer term purposes.
  • Attain needed supplies. If you are dependent on certain medications or supplies you need for your daily living, make sure you have enough to see you through a short-term disaster. The more supplied you are, the less you will have to leave your home during the emergency. As well, look into natural alternatives for medications.
  • Preserve your wealth. Choose hard assets (dry goods, precious metals, land, livestock, skills, etc.) for long-term investments so they will hold their intrinsic value over time. Holding these types of investments will insulate you from inflation and other economic issues. Further, by tying your money up in assets it will help you avoid spending the money, thus furthering your cause of self-reliant living.
  • Become a neo-pioneer! Carve a path in life where you are no longer dependent on consuming at stores to live. Garden and grow your own food, raise livestock, learn skills to live self-reliantly, barter for goods and services.

The above graphic is a reminder of how fast our population can break down and quickly spiral into a disaster of epic proportions. But surviving during this type of scenario is possible by simply preparing for it ahead of time.

Tess Pennington is the author of The Prepper’s Blueprint, a comprehensive guide that uses real-life scenarios to help you prepare for any disaster. Because a crisis rarely stops with a triggering event the aftermath can spiral, having the capacity to cripple our normal ways of life. The well-rounded, multi-layered approach outlined in the Blueprint helps you make sense of a wide array of preparedness concepts through easily digestible action items and supply lists.

Tess is also the author of the highly rated Prepper’s Cookbook, which helps you to create a plan for stocking, organizing and maintaining a proper emergency food supply and includes over 300 recipes for nutritious, delicious, life-saving meals.

Visit her website at ReadyNutrition.com for an extensive compilation of free information on preparedness, homesteading, and healthy living.


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9 Comments on "When the Trucks Stop Delivering, ”The System” Will Collapse"

  1. just another doom and gloom article that wants you to go out and….SHOP!! Spend some money because “those in the know” want you to spend money to keep the economy going. Its not a matter of shortages, but surpluses. Now with the Iran agreement, more oil will be dumped on the market.

    Of course authors (like ones of this type of article) wants you to continue to live in fear and spend your money.

    Don’t get me wrong….its good to be ready for any type of disaster. That’s just smart thinking and planning. But I’m not so foolish and gullible like most to believe that an EMP or cyber attack is imminent or even likely. I would only add that any type of event like an EMP attack is not so easy and would require help “from within”…..if ya know what I mean.

    I think a much better alternative is to begin to build strength within your community and realize your strength and weaknesses. Most communities have enough manpower and resources to survive if they are dedicated and work as a team. That’s where you will find strength and comfort. I seriously doubt the “every man for himself” approach is the most logical during a mega-event/disaster.

    Keep in mind working with community Officials is not the smartest idea since their loyalty is elsewhere and most are as corrupt as the state and federal governments. So it may be best to work with individuals who have something to offer with regards to survival skills, organization, health care, farming and so on.

    Just never forget who the enemy is. Its not a muslim. Its not an white boy from Arkansas. And its not a black guy from Chicago. We are all in this together and they want us divided and frightened. You KNOW who the enemy of life is and has been. Do I really need to say it??

    • dog, your saying this article is bs, but from my experience, people in my family are clueless and this article is spot on. They take for granted that the local grocery is always there, stocked and open. But that could change quickly!! 3 days and the shelves are bare and people will be killing one another for food.

  2. It will attack every continent like it or not!!!!!!!

  3. Joan Neighbors | July 18, 2015 at 7:03 am | Reply

    Many years ago there was a nationwide trucker’ strike. Food shelves were almost empty. Some truckers on the road were targets by disgruntled individuals. Wouldn’t want this to occur again since so many individuals are becoming so vicious at any little thing. It appears America has become an insane asylum and all of the patients are lose.

    • The system is designed to apply as much pressure on the idividual as possible.
      No wonder minds are cracking under pressure.

      • Joan Neighbors | July 18, 2015 at 2:44 pm | Reply

        You are correct. So many depend on the “system”, whether it be for food, banking, entertainment, clothing, health, etc. Every aspect of our lives depends on “the system”, if you want to micromanage. So many individuals would not be able to stand up to being self-reliant. They can’t even prepare a meal from scratch and depend on frozen meals or fast foods. I would hate to see if there was a real calamity in America or world-wide. People get crazy if a winter storm hits. They clean out the stores immediately since no one checks the weather. At the last minute snow shovels are gone, along with bread and toilet tissue. I don’t know why. There is one motto I believe in, “Always be Prepared”. That’s from the Boy Scouts. Too bad not very many are “prepared”.

  4. That’s the reason Obama wants stricter emission controls on trucks;. The price of fuel didn’t stop them but Asshole will find a way.

  5. This could be a great experiment. Write to truckers and ask them if we could try a three week moratorium to see if people will realize how important the common man is over the government.

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