American West in Prolonged Drought – Are You Ready for the Worst?
California has been in the throes of a prolonged drought for three years now, and meteorologists say that the end isn’t in sight. Because the lack of rainfall has lasted so long, even stopgap measures such as reservoirs and aquifers are starting to give under the pressure. Farmers across the West are wondering what could happen if the drought lasts much longer, presenting a catastrophic scenario that could have implications stretching all the way to the East Coast.
Concern about the dry spell has turned into outright alarm in the agricultural belt. One look at some of California’s most relied-upon streams and lakes is enough to tell you what’s happening to the state. Scientists say that the rate at which we are emptying the state’s aquifers is unprecedented and unsustainable. As an example, the report mentions a state-owned well outside Sacramento that has recently experienced a startling 100-foot drop in just three months.
Naturally, the article leaves science behind at times in favor of pushing the left’s ridiculous global warming theories, but the facts presented about California’s current situation are indisputable. It is an emergency situation, and there are no good answers about what to do if the rains don’t come. Some particularly doomy forecasters see a mass exodus in the next decade if things don’t improve.
Of course, the average American can’t do anything about a statewide drought, but it does present a golden opportunity to review homeowner preparation. If you believe in prepping, it behooves you to get ready for something as insidious and realistic as a nationwide drought. Such a drought could easily lead to famine, and that’s a situation that far too few families have given ample thought to.
Storage is the number one way to prepare for a long-term drought. If you keep a sustainable farm, you should make sure you have enough water on hand to prevent a major crop failure in the absence of rain. If you have the equipment and the land to support it, consider digging out a manmade pond or reservoir with which you can collect water on the odd occasion that it does rain. You may also want to consider loading up a few 55-gallon drums with fresh, clean water so that you don’t get caught without anything to drink should the whole system go belly up.
Whatever you do, don’t depend on the government to see you through it. If a major national drought were to exhaust the country’s water supplies, the government would become nothing but a bunch of talking heads anyway. Some would argue that would be an improvement, but the point is that when it comes down to the wire, it’s every man for himself. Those who have taken the time to prepare for the worst will be the ones sitting pretty when it all goes to hell.