No One Saw This Coming

I’ve been saying for years that our infrastructure — from our power grid to our municipal water systems — is crumbling and in danger of all-out collapse.

It’s one of those things no one wants to see coming. It’s expensive to fix and things are working all right… for now. What no one talks about is how much harder and more expensive it is to fix infrastructure once it breaks.

We could deal with a little trouble and expense now… or face a whole lot of trouble and a much bigger bill later.

Just ask the folks in California.

I’m not one to say, “I told you so.” Especially not when people are suffering.

But the dam scare in California is an important reminder of three things:

  • Why we have to deal with our old infrastructure before it breaks down.
  • Why it’s so important to be ready to evacuate your home at a moment’s notice.
  • And why it’s critical not to fall into the “It’ll never happen to me” mindset. Sooner or later it will. Better to be prepared than not.

In case you’re wondering what the heck I’m talking about, this year’s winter storms put a big strain on Oroville dam in California. So much so, that when dam workers decided to release water through the emergency spillway, a huge hole formed, putting the entire spillway in danger of collapse. If collapse had happened, a 30-foot wall of water would have been released on residents downstream.

Nearly 200,000 people were ordered to leave their homes in case emergency repairs to the dam didn’t hold back the water.

As of this writing, the temporary fix is holding and residents have been allowed to return to their homes. But ask yourself, if you were told you needed to evacuate your family immediately, are you ready to do it?

If not, you need to start thinking about putting together a bug-out plan. That link will help you get started.

And to see more about how scary the near-disaster in California was, check out this link.