Unfortunately, since I started writing this series, the number of specific, urgent things I can point to as reasons to be prepared have just gone up.
Puerto Rico is a heartbreaking example of long-term infrastructure disruption, and a cautionary tale in terms of how long it might take for outside help from government agencies to reach you.
Napa-Sonoma, possibly the most famous wine-growing region outside France, is burning. Fast moving, hard-to-contain fires blown by brisk, dry winds have claimed dozens of lives and thousands of homes in the North Bay area of California. If you needed a kick in the butt to finish your 72 Hour Bag and Evacuation Planning, those fires are it.
The 2017 Hurricane Season is shaping up to be the costliest in history. And that’s just the natural disaster side of stuff that gets press coverage in the domestically-focused U.S. media!
It’s also been a particularly damaging year for flooding in both South and East Asia. There is a literal black death (pneumonic plague) outbreak in Madagascar right now. The US President’s uncommon approach to 140-character foreign policy has left a few people just a tiny bit concerned. And as I write this, there’s a hurricane warning in effect for…Ireland?
Rough damned six weeks.
You’d be forgiven for wondering if the Zombies can be very far behind. That’s when prepper panic can set in.