Over the Christmas week I checked out from the library and watched the National Geographic’s 2013 “American Blackout” video.
I am not much into the info(not!)-taiment, suck-you-in, video shows on the cable-nets. Too contrived.
This one however was actually multi-scenero’s, good, and relevant. And they used real-looking people actors and actresses. The four year old child DID burn down the house with the candles by the fourth day. Seen that for real, twice now. The yuppie DID hand slice himself but good 10" butcher knifing open a can of peaches on the seventh day. Seen that for real too.
Real-life lessons in power outages says like this presentation shows is: Do Not Panic.
Reconcile quick to your situation.
Then husband out stretch your on-hands resources.
These are techniques. You think through visualize practice techniques.
One; have a personal light on you at all times. Key chain LED, pocket LED, cell-phone. Something. I do.
Two; have a pocket knife on you at all times. Small sharp two blade folding pocket, up to a SwissArmy/Leatherman style is all that’s needed. Pocket. Belt. Purse. I do. My wife does.
Three; have a small AM/FM/Weather portable radio. Points for a hand crank style with a built-in LED light. Have (with earjacks and a casset for music choice).
Four; DO HAVE A MANUAL CAN OPENER in each and every location one could ever be needed. Wife insists.
And just finished reading the book “Lights Out” by Ted Koppel.
This is new, 2015.
He is not a doomsdayer/prepper, survivalist type guy.
He asked the question looking out over his rural Maryland property what could I do for my wife and our grandchilden if the power stopped coming long term.
He’s seen that events happen a lot on his overseas 50 years reporter postings around the world.
Then he spent 18 months traveling around the US/Canada interviewing individuals; local, state and federal people; and power companies higher-ups on the plans for a long-term Grid down event.
There were none feasible, deemed affordable for “us” masses.
He found that there were three very credible today possibilities for our three North American grid-nets to be long term disabled. NOT speculations. But based on actual kill-their-power intentional events in the last ten years.
Not in his book but based on some of his interviews he then accepted the personal responsibility and went out an got a gasoline sipping inverter/generator set. Added a six months fuel supply. Added in foods, medications for six months for him and all their family members.
Wife and I do one year here.
Fellows when a very center of the road guy like Ted Koppel all-events prepares now for six months it is time to get off of “idealism’s” pinheads, take off the grand, glorious, bio-mass high-hats and go get inverter/generator set up too.
The Honda’s are still $200 off sale through the end of this month.
Local Ag store has Generac inverter/gnerators for $399-599.
Local pawn shop has a used Honda for $229. A large Honeywell branded inverter/generator for the same $229.
Why the new inverter/generator styles?
Most fuel use effeinct. Have to streach out what you have and could maybe get.
Light enough, portable enough for a reasonably fit person to quickly move around.
When the water comes high like IT WILL in multiple-events posibilties like the Illinois/Missouri events currnetly only things you can toss/herf into a boat will be saved. Your rah-rah BIG cheap-assed Harbor Freight /COSTCO special will get too heavy, too bulky left behind, water immersed, ruined. You do not hunker down from water; you do not AK/AR shoot your way out from water - you concede and move.
Former Homeland director Tom Ridge quoted from his interview in Ted Koppels book,
" . . . just accept that there are two permanent conditions that are going to affect future generations: one is the global scourge of terrorism, the other is digital forevermore."
No excuses anymore. Even if you would chose to “arr-arr” live for a time by candle light and cook in a fireplace that inverter/generator could keep a neighbor alive needing refrigerated medication. A baby needing respiratory support alive.