It was clear just by glancing at the trends that far too many Texans were not ready for an extreme weather emergency or, really, any emergency.
People were desperate to find supplies to keep them alive, as searches for “firewood,” for instance, skyrocketed, along with "soup", "fireplace", and “propane.” Photos showing freezing Texans bundled up against the cold trudging through snow and waiting for hours to have empty propane tanks refilled.
Google Trends also showed that Texans searched for literally life-saving items like “free water near me,” which exploded 1,650 percent over a 24-hour period. Another phrase, “Is it safe to wash dishes when there is a boil order” trended upward by 1,400 percent.
Both of those phrases indicate that Texans were disturbingly low on potable water as power outages also affected the operation of water treatment plants.
Meanwhile, thousands of others searched for “Foodbank registration,” which likely also meant that many of those Texans were already suffering food insecurities due to income losses or reductions from the lingering COVID-19 pandemic.
Natural News founder and editor Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, who lives in Texas, highlighted the fact that far too many fellow residents were pitifully unprepared for the weather emergency.
In a column published Monday titled, “Fifteen HARD lessons I learned from the ‘Texageddon’ blackouts and collapse of critical infrastructure,” Adams noted:
The “Texageddon” blackouts and near-collapse of all infrastructure (food, fuel, cell towers, power grid, water systems, emergency services, roads, etc.) taught us all some very difficult lessons in survival. We learned that the infrastructure is far more vulnerable than most people thought, and we saw with our own eyes that most people still refuse to prepare with extra food and water, even after a year of covid lockdowns that should have been a universal wake up call.
In a subsequent podcast, Adams went on to note:
— Trying to survive in harsh, unnatural conditions requires a lot of extra physical effort.
— Culture is a big deal; finding yourself in a community whose residents have no moral compass will become dangerous and unsustainable.
— Whatever can go wrong will go wrong with any preparation plan, so think redundancies and other mitigation efforts when making plans.
— Have “fall back” systems that are not dependent on things like a functional power grid in order to operate (solar power cells, solar-and-crank emergency radios, etc.).
— Don’t count on anyone coming to help you anytime soon; hundreds of thousands of Texans were without power for days.
— Pre-store fresh water and fuel.
— Cryptocurrencies are worthless; physical monetary assets like cash, gold, and silver work best.
— Food prepping is vital. As Adams pointed out, “no one ever said during an emergency, ‘Gee, I wish I had less food here.’”
— Since emergency scenarios often demand more physicality, you’re increasing your chances of getting hurt, so make sure you a) take more care to be careful than you normally do; and have some medical supplies on hand.
— Don’t rely on the government because, as in Texas’ case, it appears as though government failed the people by investing in unreliable green energy that cost lives.
To that point, Adams noted that his dog, a Great Pyrenees, fell through some thin ice during the Arctic conditions in Texas some 15-20 feet from shore. Adams said he had to “scramble to save his life, and he almost died from hypothermia.”
No doubt that Adams himself was in danger of becoming hypothermic after having to wade into freezing water, even for a few moments, having to retrieve a dog at that.
Listen to his “Fifteen HARD lessons” podcast to learn more.
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