This picture, courtesy of The Vulgar Curmudgeon, scares the living daylights out of me.
He posted it in connection with an evacuation order for about 200,000 Los Angelenos because of the danger from wildfire . . . but that’s just the beginning. Imagine that a major earthquake strikes Southern California, or a really big wildfire threatens more of the city, or a health epidemic or some other natural catastrophe affects the region. Greater Los Angeles is said to contain almost 19 million people. There are few open areas; almost everywhere is built up, and roads are frequently clogged like that shown above.
In the event of a major disaster, no-one’s going to be going anywhere. The roads will clog up and shut down. Cops won’t be able to even get onto them, much less clear them. It’s going to be the ultimate traffic nightmare. Prevented from getting away to safer places, those left behind are going to be at the mercy of people who are willing to do whatever it takes to get what they need and/or want. To say it’ll be a nightmare is a euphemism. Even if you’ve stocked up on emergency supplies, you’re likely to be a target for all those who haven’t, just as soon as they realize you have them. (Think they won’t notice? Just wait until they see light in your home in the midst of a blacked-out neighborhood, or smell your food cooking, or figure out that you and your kids are still clean, and wearing clean clothes, when everyone else around you is looking like a badly-made-up extra from the Mad Max movies.)
It’s not just Los Angeles – it’s any major built-up metropolitan area. I’ve had enough of that, thank you very much!