For the first time in 17 years, the government has shutdown.
Starting today, 800,000 government workers will be furloughed. They will not be permitted to work and they will not collect their pay.
While this is going to cause some major hardships for many families around the U.S., there’s something else that’s about to happen that could affect even more people than the government shutdown.
Here’s what this is all about…
America’s truckers are planning a general strike from October 11-13, 2013. They are also asking that Americans refrain from purchasing anything whatsoever during those three days to send a message to Washington. Their Facebook page says:
The American people are sick and tired of the corruption that is destroying America! We therefore declare a GENERAL STRIKE on the weekend of October 11-13, 2013! Truck drivers will not haul freight! Americans can strike in solidarity with truck drivers!
The original Facebook page was called “Truckers to Shutdown America.” It had 86,000 likes, but then Facebook removed the page because the page admin had said “God bless America.”
After the original page was removed by Facebook, the admin set up a new page called “Truckers Ride for the Constitution.” This new page already has more than 31,000 likes. So this movement is fairly big.
There are three components to this fast-approaching event:
1. Truckers will not haul freight October 11-13. This will cut off many supply chains for at least three days. Some truckers are planning to strike for 4-7 days instead of three.
2. Many of the truckers who are participating in the strike are planning to descend on Washington, D.C. in their rigs. Americans who want to participate are being asked to drive their cars to D.C. This will create gridlock in and around the D.C. area. It will have the effect of a “blockade” in that nothing will be able to get in or out of the city.
3. Americans are being asked to withhold from purchasing anything whatsoever during the October 11-13 strike. The purpose of this strike is to starve the government of tax dollars in order to force them to adhere to Constitutional principles.
At this point it is hard to know how widespread this strike will be. But imagine what will happen if even 30% of America’s truckers participate in this strike. Localized shortages could materialize very quickly — at grocery stores, hardware stores, and general merchandise stores.
Obviously, it is a foregone conclusion that things in and around the D.C. area are going to get nasty. If you live near the District, get ready.
Unfortunately, nobody can predict where else these localized shortages will happen until they are already happening. Therefore, I’m recommending that you stock enough food and supplies to last you through the strike.
Ideally, you’ll want to have enough food to last a week or two in case the strike (or the localized shortages) extend beyond October 13, which is a real possibility.
I also think it will be smart to avoid shopping on October 11-13 simply because localized shortages could potentially lead to some unpleasant situations.
If there is any kind of panic, you do not want to be part of it. Panic causes people to do stupid things. Violence tends to erupt quickly among groups of panicked people.
So be smart. As I write this, you’ve got 10 days to prepare.
When October 11-13 arrives, we may find that there is no significant impact. Then again, we may discover there is a significant impact.
But at that point it will be too late.
So I suggest you err on the side of caution and stock up on food and supplies before the end of the day on October 10. Then pay attention to the news before you plan any outings to go shopping.
Please share this with your friends and family so they can be prepared, too.
Don’t be scared. Be prepared.
P.S. If you want more in-depth training and preparation, you may want to get Jeff Anderson’s Social Chaos Survival Guide. The information it contains could prove useful in the weeks and months ahead.