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Losing Your Electricity; Collapsed Grid; Enduring and Survival
LIGHTS OUT-LOSS OF ELECTRICITY
What would happen to you if you suddenly lost your electricity for an extended time, say about 6 months or longer, along with every one around you. Could you cope? Could you survive? Would your survival be dependent on others around you or would you know what to do?
The power grids in the modern countries are vulnerable and wide open for events. In any modern country, the infrastructure depends on electricity to run gas pumps, deliver and process food, for security, provide light, heat and air conditioning, to name a few. In fact, almost every modern provision of the modern world depends on electricity.
Being prepared is one way not to panic as much, but when the whole country loses electricity at the same time might be another matter. Preparation and education before the event happens may mean the difference of life and death, running or staying, being scared or being confident and just being able to survive. Yes, survival and endurance will be the topics when the grid goes down.
Almost everything in this mechanized, industrialized and super-charged world that we live in runs on electicity, so in the event that the electrical grid collapses, everything that we hold dear and reliable collapses with the electricity. Where we expect peace and security, there will be none because there will be shortages of food, water, basic medical needs and law enforcement.
The people who lived during the depression sometimes did not know that there was a depression because almost everyone believed in stocking up, back-yard gardens, large family farms and warehouses. The people canned and stored six months of food and were willing to share their wealth with their neighbors.
Now, most people live from day to day, paycheck to paycheck with each amount of money pledged for bills, food, medical and transportation, leaving very little for any extra. There seems to be no concern for saving or stocking for a rainy day. The large corporations are also vulnerable in the event of a power outage because back in the 1980s, the greed, the efficiency and computers lead to the "JUST IN TIME" system. With the JIT system, there are very few warehouses, so the retail shops, factories and corporation order the merchandise or products only when needed. The products and merchandise are restocked on the shelves, used in assembly or shipped to customers only when there are orders. There are NO back-stocks to rely on. If the electricity grid goes out, everything stops!
What Would You Do When the Electricity Grid Collapses?
OK, now think about it.... What would you do if the electrical grid collapsed and would be down for years
Totally freak out? Maybe run to the neighbors? Panic? Sit back and relax? Escape to a refuge? Hide? Just what would you do? Maybe, just maybe, you might want to wait on the "government" to lend you a helping hand?
There are many different thoughts on this subject and since this economy, infrastructure, communications, transportation and technology is based on electricity, there is hardly any way that this would not affect most people. In fact, with the billions of people on Earth, people will start dying very soon if the electricity is not restored in a prompt manner.
First things that you have to decide is where and what you are going to do. If you are going to hunker down where you are staying, there are many things that you should consider. If the electrical grid stays down for some time, the people in large cities will start to run out of food and water in less than three days. What these people would do to survive will not be known until the event happens. The transportation stops, the refrigeration stops, the lights grow dark, the security disappears, the civilian unrest increases and the peace ceases. On the farms and out of the cities, things may be quiet and peaceful for a while, but when millions of people venture out of the cities in search for food and survival, even these people outside the cities will be threatened. People will be seeking peace and security, but there will be none, even in the bunkers and specially prepared underground complexes.
The water and food are the top of the list to secure. Without these items, you will die sooner. When the electricity goes out, try to save all food that you have. The refrigeration and freezers will soon lose the low temperatures that are needed to keep the bacteria from growing that will ruin and spoil the food. The decision has to be made to either try to save the food in the fridge and freezer by wrapping blankets and Styrofoam around them or giving away all to neighbors. In this time of despair, everyone will be in the same boat and your neighbors will be your allies if you make friends with them. OR you can make the decision to try to save all the food for yourselves. If you do decide to stay where you are, the provisions of food, water, safety, air, sanitation and sanity have to be considered. Gangs, looting, raping, civil disorder and chaos will quickly take over in the large cities, putting you and your family in life threatening dangers.
In any emergency situation, the bottom line is not to panic, know the facts, know your neighbors, know different escape routes and have a bug-out-bag for each member of the family. The sun flares will continue as long as there is a sun, the possibility is there that one of the CME's with the super-charged particles would hit the Earth, knocking out and frying the electrical power grid. The power grid is very fragile and conductive, which makes this more of a possibility over time. Each transformer and wires leading to the houses and businesses would collect the incoming charged particles, heating and melting the components of the network.
What happens now?
NO ELECTRICITY means no food delivered, no frozen foods or refrigeration, no lights, no fuel pumps, no services, no medical institutions, no security, no communication, no transportation and no water or sewer systems operations. NO ELECTRICITY means that the infrastructure crumbles and the medical diseases will quickly pounce on the population.
BE PREPARED !!!!! Be like the boy scout and be prepared for any event. Have a bug-out-bag, get out of dodge bag and an emergency essentials bag prepared for each family member and one for each vehicle. The bags are filled with needed items that would be vital for survival for 3 days or more, consisting of food, water, matches and other items.
Plan ahead!!! Make plans now, before anything happens. Whether you stay, run or hide will make the possible difference of life and death situations. Planning how,when, where, and what now will take some of the panic and threats out of the events.
Stock up !!! Stock up now on what will be needed in the case of the Electrical Grid Collapse. When the electricity goes out, there will most likely not be any grocery stores that can operate long without electricity. The new mechanized modern checkouts, scanning and ordering systems will not work without electricity, as well as the credit and debit machines. Stock up on items that have a long shelf life, easy to open, easy to prepare and easy to carry. Energy bars, matches, blankets, emergency supplies, candles, bottled water, knives and fast-easy-open-food should be on that list.
Most gardens do not take electricity to grow, so the family garden would be a great investment. Also chickens or geese would be a consideration for the eggs. Most communities in the cities will not allow farm animals of this kind, but outside the city, most of the time it is permissible.
START NOW !!!! DO NOT WAIT !!!!! PLAN NOW !!!!! PREPARE NOW !!!!
Start by designing your personal bug-out-bag and Get out of Dodge bags !!!! click on the link following to find out what should be in an essentials bag and the basics. http://laurenswright.hubpages.com/hub/Answer-to-the-Question-What-Should-be-in-a-Bug-Out-Bag
and basic gear:
Research the possibilities of a Solar Flare, an EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse), CME and solar storm. The results might overpower you!