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 Post subject: What will happen here in the US if the trucks Stop:
PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2007 6:33 pm 
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Prepared by the American Trucking Associations ... aStops.pdf

When Trucks Stop, America Stops
A Timeline Showing the Deterioration of Major Industries Following a Truck Stoppage

The first 24 hours
  • Delivery of medical supplies to the affected area will cease.
  • Hospitals will run out of basic supplies such as syringes and catheters within hours. Radio
    pharmaceuticals will deteriorate and become unusable.
  • Service stations will begin to run out of fuel.
  • Manufacturers using just-in-time manufacturing will develop component shortages.
  • U.S. mail and other package delivery will cease.

Within one day
  • Food shortages will begin to develop.
  • Automobile fuel availability and delivery will dwindle, leading to skyrocketing prices and long
    lines at the gas pumps.
  • Without manufacturing components and trucks for product delivery, assembly lines will shut
    down, putting thousands out of work.

Within two to three days
  • Food shortages will escalate, especially in the face of hoarding and consumer panic.
  • Supplies of essentials such as bottled water, powdered milk, and canned meat at major
    retailers will disappear.
  • ATMs will run out of cash and banks will be unable to process transactions.
  • Service stations will completely run out of fuel for autos and trucks.
  • Garbage will start piling up in urban and suburban areas.
  • Container ships will sit idle in ports and rail transport will be disrupted, eventually coming to a

Within a week
  • Automobile travel will cease due to the lack of fuel. Without autos and busses, many people
    will not be able to get to work, shop for groceries, or access medical care.
  • Hospitals will begin to exhaust oxygen supplies.

Within two weeks
  • The nationĂ¢'s clean water supply will begin to run dry.

Within four weeks
  • The nation will exhaust its clean water supply and water will be safe for drinking only after
    boiling. As a result gastrointestinal illnesses will increase, further taxing an already
    weakened health care system.

This timeline presents only the primary effects of a freeze on truck travel. Secondary effects must be considered as well, such as inability to maintain telecommunications service, reduced law enforcement, increased crime, increased illness and injury, higher death rates, and likely, civil unrest. --- continued at link, above ---

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 Post subject: Truckers crucial in flu pandemic, study says -10/08/2008
PostPosted: Wed Oct 08, 2008 3:09 pm 
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Image Hat Tip to 'Pixie' over at Planning For Pandemics


Truckers crucial in flu pandemic, study says - News & Features - Truckers crucial in flu pandemic, study says

Health care staff aren't the only ones who should get top priority

October 08, 2008
Stuart Laidlaw
Faith and Ethics Reporter

When a flu pandemic hits, utility workers and truck drivers will be as valuable in resolving the ensuing crisis as doctors and nurses will be, and so should also get top priority when it comes to deciding who gets medical care, a new bioethics study says.

"It takes a lot of people to keep society going," says Nancy Kass, a professor at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and lead author of the study in the most recent edition of the journal Biosecurity and Bioterrorism.

Traditional pandemic planning calls for giving first priority for medical treatment to hospital staff and "first responders" to a crisis, such as firefighters and ambulance workers, so that the immediate health crisis can be dealt with effectively.

But as Hurricane Katrina showed three years ago, the study argues, "the after-effects of a disaster can be as damaging as the precipitating event," as electricity and heat are cut off, clean water becomes scarce and sewage starts to back up.

"There could be widespread social chaos, significant outbreaks of other infectious diseases, and severe anxiety, with the possibility of social degeneration, looting, or even violence as people try to secure needed supplies," the study says.


The study also predicts there will be limited resources for helping those in need, so recommends that the rich and middle class be expected to stockpile their own food, water, batteries, medicines and other supplies, allowing scarce public resources to be dedicated to helping the most vulnerable in society.
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