A Few Potential Causes:
Severe Weather, Natural Disaster, EMP, Small Scale, Cyber, or Terrorist Attack, Solar Flares, Solar Storm, Grid Failure
What This Could Mean?
Depending on the length of an outage, we could face many new and dangerous situations. We would lose all of our electrical luxuries and potentially transportation. Businesses would no longer be able to conduct transactions or provide services. That means no purchasing food, water, fuel, medication, or any of the basic necessities you need.
So How Can You Prepare...Just in Case?
1. Make a Family Plan, Now.
Before a blackout occurs, sit down with your family and make a plan. While it is possible that it will last only a few days, make sure to also plan for a few weeks.
2. Have Supplies Ready, Already. (Know: The Rule of Three)
You will need 2 gallons minimum of water per person (and per pet) per day for drinking, cooking and hygiene, Non-Perishable Food, Manual Can Openers, Medications, Medical Supplies, Hygiene, Baby, Pet and Cooking Supplies, Flashlights, Batteries, Knife, Hand Crank Radio, Cash, Generator & Fuel, Items for Security, etc.....and that's just for short-term blackouts.
Long-term blackouts are far more dangerous and would require the previous supplies, plus:
Water Filters for Each Person, Warm/Cool Clothing, Blankets, Composting Toilet or equivalent method, Power Inverter, Oil Lamps & Fuel, Ham Radio & 2 Way Radios (Stored in a Faraday Cage), Extra Fuel/Stabilized Fuel, Fire-Starting Tools, Solar Oven, Map & Compass, Rope/Paracord, Dish & Laundry Cleaning Supplies and Manual Methods, Food Resupply Plan, Water Filtration System, Manual Cooking Tools & Equipment, Sewing Kits, and Extra First Aid Supplies.
3. Have an Alternative Location.
If the situation becomes too dangerous and you are unable to stay inside your home to wait things out. Have a backup location planned. If transportation is effected by the blackout, you'll need to make a plan to get to your location safely. Have a route designated, take a map, compass, good walking shoes, items for protection, and bob bags ready to go. If you have small children, carry or tether them to you for safety.
4. Secure Your Location. (Examples: Here)
Whether you are planning on trying to hunker down at home or another location, make sure it is secure ! As the days linger on, people who are unprepared will become even more desperate. They will do whatever they can to find supplies, and that means taking yours. Use Caution !
5. Practice Your Plan Regularly. (Saves Time)
For any type of emergency plan, you and your family should routinely practice using the equipment, skills, and tools you have put into place. That way in the event that something does actually happen, you have experience with the equipment and if bugging out; all family members know what is expected of them and how long they have to get it done. Remember, practice makes progress towards proficiency!
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