Our dependency on power has made us susceptible to disaster when it’s out for an extended amount of time.
Here are some tips to keep you going if you’re faced with an extended blackout.
The most disastrous attack on America would be an EMP blast that took out the electrical grid.
Researchers have estimated that such an attack would kill 90% of the people on the East coast.
Worst yet, China, arguably our greatest geopolitical foe, is developing EMP weapon capability.
A devastating attack on our electrical grid would be a catastrophic event that would trigger widespread panic.
However, run-of-the-mill blackouts can be incredibly damaging, too.
Weather events, transformer malfunctions, or—in the case of Venezuela—government mismanagement can lead to severe blackouts.
Here are a few suggestions to help you ride out emergencies when the power is out.
- Maintain a healthy supply of batteries
Flashlights with plenty of battery reserves are a must.
You should have at least one for each member of the family, as well as backups on hand.
It’s a good idea to have them in multiple rooms, so you won’t have to stumble too far in the dark for light.
Batteries can also be used for headlamps, which will allow you to use both hands while milling around in the dark.
Make sure you’re well stocked in batteries of different sizes, so you’ll never be caught off guard.
- Have a backup generator
A backup generator with a supply of gas will allow you to operate at near regular efficiency.
But generators do come with some challenges.
You’ll need to store gas properly, and depending on the size and scale of your generator, it could create a lot of noise that might bring unwanted attention.
Also, you have to beware of fumes, which are colorless and odorless.
Some people make the mistake of running generators inside or too close to the house, and they end up poisoning themselves.
But if you have good generator discipline, it’s a great way to keep you sane during a blackout.
- Solar power
While solar power is not feasible in terms of replacing fossil fuels, as the the radical environmentalists would propose, it can provide alternative power during a blackout.
The power, reliability, and convenience of solar may not be optimal, but it’s a great idea as a backup power source when the SHTF.
- Old school still works
Candles and lanterns have worked for centuries, and they still do.
A hefty supply of candles, matches, lighters, and lighter fluid will make candles the reliable option that’s always there.
As for lanterns, oil-based is probably a better option over gas-based because of the same ventilation problem that can arise with generators.
If you find yourself in a blackout, make sure you have these backup options at your disposal.
While portable electronics, such as cell phones and e-Readers, can give provide some life in a pinch, their charges won’t last long enough to get you through a protracted emergency.
Don’t take power for granted.
Doing so could put you and your family in serious danger.