Preparing for Infrastructure Breakdown
Surviving the Collapse of Infrastructure
The United States and Infrastructure
Supplies Recommended for Infrastructure Breakdown
- Water: The end of stable infrastructure will mean the end of a clean water supply. Any existing water supplies would probably rapidly become contaminated. People that have gallons of water in storage are that much more likely to survive any major disaster brought on by infrastructure breakdown. Having water on hand can help people prepare for all sorts of disasters, even those that are relatively mild.
- Food: It is best to stock up on non-perishable food that requires minimal preparation. Almost anything that you can do to prepare food is going to require additional resources and time. If you're dealing with a situation where the roads and the outdoors are going to be unsafe for an extended period of time, having a solid stash of food will extend the amount of time you can rely on yourself.
- Light: Electricity is often the first thing to go, when it comes to infrastructure failure. Having flashlights, lanterns, or almost anything else that can allow you to generate light without an electricity source can help you. Solar lamps and flashlights that you can power manually are particularly good to have in this situation. Having heat sources is just as important.
- First aid: Being able to treat as many potential injuries as possible will improve your chances of getting through the infrastructure breakdown unscathed.
Actions You Might Consider During Infrastructure Breakdown
In the United States and many other nations, infrastructure breakdown is probably going to occur within a relatively localized area. In that case, you may be better off doing everything you can to leave a particular area. If there's any way of anticipating any sort of infrastructure breakdown in advance, it's best to leave as soon as possible, at least temporarily. However, some infrastructure breakdowns happen unexpectedly enough that by the time the public knows that they have happened, it is much too late to escape. If transportation services have collapsed or the roads are obstructed, escape may be impossible.
- Stay indoors if your home is safe. Crime tends to spike in situations of infrastructure collapse.
- Ration the supplies that you have on hand. It is difficult to know how long an infrastructure breakdown will last.
- Try to keep up with the news, if you can. One of the challenges of infrastructure collapse is that the news media is part of our infrastructure. However, there are different levels of infrastructure problems, so it may still be possible to get a sense of how things are progressing, or whether the situation outside is improving.
Recovery from Infrastructure Breakdown
Everyone affected by infrastructure breakdown will almost have to recover as a group. Even after the disaster has been averted, the local economy may suffer as a result of the breakdown, depending upon the severity of the incident. There may be some fatalities. While the recovery process for periods following full-scale government collapse can be difficult to anticipate, many types of infrastructure breakdowns require a certain expected healing process.
- Once it's safe, leaving the affected area during the recovery process can be the best course of action for many people. Many areas recover very slowly in situations like these, and it may be best to get to a more stable environment at that point.
- If you are unable to leave, you can cautiously work at returning to normal, knowing that the disaster may have affected the lives of many different local people in unexpected ways.