Natural Disasters

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New frontiers in disaster preparation:

The Wyoming state legislature

House Bill 85 passed on first reading by a voice vote. It would create a state-run government continuity task force, which would study and prepare Wyoming for potential catastrophes, from disruptions in food and energy supplies to a complete meltdown of the federal government.

The task force would look at the feasibility of Wyoming issuing its own alternative currency, if needed. And House members approved an amendment Friday by state Rep. Kermit Brown, R-Laramie, to have the task force also examine conditions under which Wyoming would need to implement its own military draft, raise a standing army, and acquire strike aircraft and an aircraft carrier.

The aircraft carrier is a nice touch. I suppose if it's a big enough disaster, Wyoming might become a coastal state.

Elsewhere in Reason: Disaster-prep lunacy in Bossier Parish, Louisiana.

Update: Brown's bizarre amendment was excised, but the bill was nonetheless defeated. The Star-Tribune suggests that his odd insertion was "probably a pill meant to poison" the legislation. One hopes.