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Martial law vs National Emergency

 

Six Events that could cause Martial Law or State Of Emergency.

 

But first – what is the difference between Martial law and a State of Emergency?

Martial law is when the highest-ranking member of the military takes over leadership of the government and takes control all aspects of the executive, legislative, and judicial systems.

A state of emergency, on the other hand, is when a state or federal government suspends certain constitutional freedoms to react to a disastrous situation.

A fine line for sure.

 

Economic Disaster

The first dangerous event that could lead to martial law is an economic disaster such as a worldwide stock market crash. In this result, people would only but have to resort to barter in order to buy and sell things. Know what items would be best to barter

Things would certainly get out of hand, and the government could decree martial law in order to maintain order.

Cyber Attack

If anyone wanted to create anarchy – a cyber attack would certainly grind the world as we know it to an end. It is s a very real threat that could render useless anything dependent on the Internet. In October of 2016, the East Coast of the USA Internet users found themselves unable to access sites such as Amazon, Twitter, PayPal, and Netflix for an entire morning because of a cyber attack.

If a similar attack knocked out a large portion of the Internet for a day or longer, it would cause panic in the markets and cause dreadful ripple effects around the world.

A hard-hitting government cyber attack with enough sophistication could knock out the entire country’s Internet. Any online data, from banking to transportation, would be knocked out and chaos would prevail.  – Martial Law would be initiated and calm would be restored for a few days.

EMP Attack

An EMP attack would have even more severe consequences than a cyber attack, although probably more localized. An EMP—also known as an Electromagnetic Pulse—is a burst of electromagnetic energy that can knock out all forms of electricity in its vicinity.

A city hit by an EMP could be sent back to the Dark Ages in a split second, ushering in all the rioting, scrambles for resources, and intensified violence associated with an extreme disaster. The government would most assuredly call for martial law until some semblance of normality returned.

Disease Outbreak

One of the more realistic scenarios that could lead to martial law is an infectious disease outbreak. May it be by accident or biological warfare a disease outbreak could cripple the world as we know it and it is not like it has ever happened before. If anything we should know by history  – think bubonic plaque –should a deadly disease outbreak occur, you can rest assured the government will be there to try to lock it down.

Riots

Martial law can also be called into effect when the population gets out of hand, martial law could be enacted to support the police force and to keep law and order. With any injustices and political tensions, riots may be closer to a reality than you think.

Natural Disaster

Natural disasters such as hurricanes and earthquakes often lead to the enacting of martial law. The world we live in certainly has the possibility of something my worse happening than Hurrican Katrina or Earthquake in Chile in 1960.  Scientists have eluded that a possible catastrophic event such as the eruption of a super-volcano in Yellowstone or a major earthquake along the San Andreas fault could grind the way we live today to a grinding halt.

Natural Disasters are unpreventable and have the potential to cause enough damage to push any federal government into enacting martial law.

 

No matter what the event or if Martial Law or A State of Emergency is declared – it is up to you – to be aware and prepared for what follows next.  Here is what to do.

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Prepare yourself for a Disaster Storm

 

 

At any moment, about 2,000 thunderstorms are taking place somewhere on Earth and thanks to the advancement of technology in meteorology, we can monitor when bad weather patterns are approaching.    Severe weather conditions are unpredictable and should be taken seriously and this requires that we are prepared at any given time.  Prepare yourself for a Disaster Storm by following these steps:

Before a storm

  • Develop a Household Emergency Plan.

A functional Household Emergency Plan helps put fears at bay about potential disasters and can help you respond safely and quickly when a disaster happens.  (check out this post to help put a Household Emergency Plan together)

When a warning is issued and during a storm

  • Stay informed on weather updates.

Listen to your local radio stations as civil defense authorities will be broadcasting the most appropriate advice for your community and situation.

  • Put your household emergency plan into action.

Stay calm and level-headed and carefully run through your steps that you listed in your Household Emergency Plan with the family.

  • Check your getaway kit in case you have to leave in a hurry.

Top up your getaway kit with water and have it ready in an accessible place for a quick departure. Make sure that everyone has their own kit and that each can be easily identified.

  • Secure, or move indoors, all items that could get blown about and cause harm in strong winds.

Close windows, external and internal doors. Pull curtains and drapes over unprotected glass areas to prevent injury from shattered or flying glass.  Stay away from doors and windows and shelter further inside the house.  Keep materials at hand for repairing windows, such as tarpaulins, boards, and duct tape.

  • Water supplies can be affected so it is a good idea to store drinking water in containers and fill bathtubs and sinks with water.

Do not use milk containers as protein cannot be adequately removed with washing, and may harbor bacteria.

  • Power cuts are possible in severe weather.

Unplug all non-essential appliances which may be affected by electrical power surges.

  • Bring pets inside and move stock to shelter.

If you have to evacuate, take your pets with you and move livestock to safer shelter or paddocks if possible.