Yesterday the Portland Oregon area got hit with a snow storm that yielded at the max, maybe 6 inches of snow. I was at work when it started snowing. When I realized that being on the road wasn’t a smart idea I quickly returned back to park my fleet vehicle and call it quits for the day at 3:00 PM. I wanted to get home before the roads became un-drivable.
Most area’s of the country that are used to winter conditions prepare ahead of time by salting and sanding the roads. They have a large team ready to go with snow plows to keep the roads clear. This is not the case here in the Portland area because weather like this is rare. Up in the mountains near the ski resorts it is a different story of course. Here the roads are treated with a liquid to keep the roads from freezing but that didn’t work too well yesterday as the temperatures stayed below freezing. The snow that came down would melt and turn to ice pretty quickly.
Anyway my typical 40 minute commute took 3 hours and 15 minutes as millions of people were on the slippery roads as the same time that I was. And I am sure that it was just a small percentage as many folks had the option of being home. Throughout the ride I kept thinking about what would happen in the event of a real emergency and everyone was trying to get out.
First off where would everyone go? There would be utter gridlock on most of the major arteries of our transportation infrastructure. People would run out of fuel and be forced to abandon their vehicles on the road. It would be utter chaos. God forbid if there were road closures due to down tree’s.
These thoughts further my beliefs in the need to be prepared to stay where I am or “Bugging In”. When there is no way out then it is always better to wait it out until it becomes safe to move.
It is high time I started getting serious about being prepared. Will the power stay on? What if I have no heat? What if utilities are shut off like natural gas and water? Would I even be able to flush the toilet? Will I actually have enough food and a way to prepare it? How quickly will I go through that water I have put away? How about medications that we take and medical supplies? Yes, I have my work cut out for me.