When I read other preparedness sites, all the rage is the lousy economy. For good reason, it’s in our face via the media, it’s in our face at the grocery store, and it’s in our face at the gas pump. They say it’s a recession when your friend loses his/her job, and it’s a depression when you lose your job.
Of course, the new business norm is to resist layoffs, because they cost the business money when they have to rehire, retrain, etc. It’s not easy, cheap or a good use of management’s time to find qualified staff. Nay, the NEW norm is to cut hours, pay, institute wage freezes, and reduce vacation time. While I haven’t seen a friend lose his/her job, I know of one person working in sales that had to take a 5k annual pay cut. I know another person whose company cut 4 hours of earned time for everyone. Add to this action increased health insurance costs and additional commuting costs and it’s just another way to squeeeeeze us dry.
The question I wonder is, exactly how bad is the economic environment in historic terms, and how much worse will it get? Phil Gramm recently resigned as the co-chair of John McCain’s campaign, because he was quoted as saying America is suffering from a “mental recession” and that we’re becoming a “nation of whiners.” If he was intending to imply that this “recession” isn’t all that bad, it’s relative. Historically speaking, this recession actually isn’t that bad . . . yet. Will it get worse? Who knows?
The economic downturn permeates my thinking whenever I open my wallet, but in terms of serious SHTF threats, pandemic flu (or any highly contagious, lethal disease) still registers higher on my threat list. Things could get quite nasty with the economy, but for most people, it means a lifestyle change. It means going with less. Certainly, for many people it will also mean going without, but society-wide, I still feel pandemic flu is a larger, more scary threat.
It’s inevitable that the globe will be hit with another pandemic flu, and how it acts and spreads this time could be QUITE different from past cases. Historically speaking, we’re past due for a good flu (cool rhyme, eh?). The world is unprepared for this. We’ll respond like we did to Katrina – LOUSY. Only this time it won’t be isolated to a geographic region, it’ll be widespread. One infected person need only walk into any major airport and – kabloom! Here we go.
A new report out by the UK government criticizing the globe’s ability to respond to such a disaster. Read:
The Government said: “While there has not been a pandemic since 1968, another one is inevitable.” Ministers said it could kill between two and 50 million people worldwide and that such an outbreak would leave up to 75,000 people dead in Britain and cause “massive” disruption.
Think the economy is bad now? Just wait for the pandemic to hit. Pandemic = pandemonium.
Their report said: “We have been warned that an influenza pandemic is overdue and that when – rather than if – it comes the effects could be devastating, particularly if the strain of the virus should be of the H5N1 variety that has been seen in south-east Asia in recent years.
“While much progress has been made in the past 10 years in improving global surveillance and response systems, much remains to be done if we are to detect new strains of the virus and counter them before they have had the chance to spread.”
Norman Lamb, the Liberal Democrats’ health spokesman, likened the threat from a pandemic to the threat of international terrorism. He said: “Globally there has been massive attention to the threat from terrorism and rightly so. But the potential for loss of life from a pandemic is massive, enormous and yet we stare a disaster in the face and we see a chaotic, uncoordinated and incoherent international response to it.
Schools close, people are encouraged to work from home, truckers prefer to stay home, goods don’t get delivered, people flood hospitals, and it’s sudden TEOTWAWKI action.
past due for a good flu
pandemic = pandemonium
On that note, have a great day – lol.
– Ranger Man
BTW: Here is a good article on the global economy at the point of maximum danger.