When the Trucks Stop Delivering, ‘The System’ Will Collapse


Collectively speaking, most Americans take for granted the system in place to deliver essential supplies to their area. “The system,” an underlying infrastructure that keeps goods, services and commerce in America flowing creates a sense of normalcy and order. Food, water, gasoline and medications are just a few of the items restocked weekly in order for our dependent society to maintain a steady flow. What many fail to grasp is just how fragile the system is and just how quickly it can collapse.

Our transportation systems are one of the weakest links in the system. Mac Slavo explains:

In a 2012 report prepared for legislators and business leaders by the American Trucking Associations highlights just how critical our just-in-time inventory and delivery systems are, and assesses the impact on the general population in the event of an emergency or incident of national significance that disrupts the truck transportation systems which are responsible for carrying some ten billion tons of commodities and supplies across the United States each year.

A shutdown of truck operations as a result of elevated threat levels, terrorist attacks, or pandemics would, according to the report, have “a swift and devastating impact on the food, healthcare, transportation, waste removal, retail, manufacturing, and financial sectors.

So too would events such as an EMP attack or a coordinated cyber-attack that could shut down global positioning systems and the computers responsible for inventory control.

The report goes on to explain that consumer fear and panic will exacerbate shortages. News of a truck stoppage—whether on the local level, state or regional level, or nationwide—will spur hoarding and drastic increases in consumer purchases of essential goods. Shortages will materialize quickly and could lead to civil unrest.

What the following graphic will demonstrate is just how quickly the descent will be. When the trucks in America stop, all commerce and delivery stops with it.


To avoid falling into this recipe for disaster, use the information presented in this graphic as a guideline to being self-reliant. Listed within the graphic are critical supplies that will disappear off the shelves at the first signs of this disaster. These are the items you want to stock up on before the trucks stop delivering. Many items such as powdered milk and canned meat are versatile supplies that can be used for short-term and long lasting disasters. When I wrote The Prepper’s Blueprint: The Step-By-Step Guide To Help You Through Any Disaster, I emphasized the importance of having a well-rounded preparedness plan that encompasses many different types of emergency scenarios.

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2 thoughts on “When the Trucks Stop Delivering, ‘The System’ Will Collapse”

  1. One thing that I constantly see skimming through classified ads, in abundance, is companies looking for CDL drivers…

    Man, I need to really get with it and stocking up on essential supplies. I’m okay on food and am getting pretty decent on water, but I need to start looking into other essentials, as well (toiletries, etc.).

  2. Isn’t it funny how career fields in service come in handy?
    Commercial Transportation is one of those fields.
    While trucks are the way we transport goods here it is not the only way.
    Cargo planes by military transport is one.
    Railways are another.
    Neither of which have been updated in a good number of years. It is only a matter of time before one of the freight trains derails with 50-100 cars. I think it happened in Pennsylvania recently.
    The rails are limited. They are not being kept up and no new rails are likely to happen.
    Yet those same rails transport huge amounts of freight every day.
    Bus transport is another. They often take the passenger traffic when Amtrak goes astray.
    Military transport of goods is another way. We own an entire fleet of military semi trucks in this country.
    I visualize a train system underground. It is fantastically expensive. But it will be well maintained and it will do a more efficiently good job of transporting trucks to long term destinations. The idea being that all those tractor trailers on the highways going across country disappear.
    In their place the trailers full of merchandise will be downloaded at central points around the country onto the semi-truck trailers and then sent on to their destination of less than a few hundred miles.
    It will have to be a whole new field of engineering to set it up and I doubt it will ever happen.
    But if the destination from point a to point b is traveling at 150 miles per hour and never stops then it is possible. The idea being that the merchandise tracks to a different rail car that then stops with the merchandise on it. Or the same rail car with the merchandise departs the main train at the destination station and is then efficiently deloaded in a container onto a semi to go to its destination.
    The rail system would have to be four rails with two going each way and avoiding all major cities.
    I suggest a Southern Route and a northern route. I suggest following major highways across the country.
    I see no reason why a three way rail system wouldn’t work. But there are numerous engineering things that would have to happen first.

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