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Will you survive the coming blackout?

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Posted By: DVC, 6/24/2019 2:02:16 AM

There are many seemingly never-ending debates: Republicans vs. Democrats; impeach vs. don’t impeach; capital punishment vs. life in prison; wall vs. no wall; legalizing marijuana vs. not; self-driving cars vs. human drivers; Red Sox vs. Yankees; takeout vs. home-cooked; or “Gone With the Wind” vs. any other movie. All of these issues are stunningly important, right up to the second where cataclysm falls and creates a nightmare scenario that so many fear. That cataclysm is a complete loss of electricity and every mode of convenience and survival we take for granted. The largest red flag on this issue in years just waved in South America. Last weekend, tens of millions of people

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We have all we need. May lose a bit of refrigerator contents. And getting more gasoline than we normally store may be problematic to feed the generators. But for most things, we are set, camping stoves, lanterns, stored food, two creeks and water purification. Inconvenient, sure, but we will be fine. How about your family?


Reply 1 - Posted by: Timber Queen 6/24/2019 4:45:25 AM (No. 105234)
On the homestead (you can't get here from there) we have solar panels with PG&E inter-tie. The panels power the house first and then sends the excess along. We "buy" power at night and end up positive on our true-up date. We would be able to power the house during the day (we also have a gas generator) and keep the fridge going, use the washer/dryer, and keep the well pump operating. We have a backup hand pump system that can be installed. One of our summer projects is to connect the generator directly to the propane tank (500 gallons, no lower than 40% filled). That would free up the gasoline storage (at any time between 15 and 30 gallons) for use in the vehicles. TK has long-term storage food stashed in the kitchen pantry, his workshop and down in our little cabin - which also stores 10 gallons of water. By the way, we also have a year-round creek. TK is a ham radio operator and currently working on building a network of hams that can support the county's emergency response agencies in a crisis. The Redwood Complex fire wiped out all outside communication for Mendocino County. TK and several other hams stepped forward and volunteered to take their mobile units to the hospitals and evacuation centers. They provided the only link our county had between agencies and the outside world. TK is also the volunteer coordinator for the Mendocino County Civilian Emergency Response Teams (CERT) and gives 40-hour trainings three times a year. He wrote a five page guide on how to make an emergency plan tailored for your family, which he freely makes available. (My email is on my profile.) We have go-bags in all three vehicles; the truck's includes a chainsaw. He is retired military and LAPD. He can adapt and overcome. He is a sheepdog of the highest order, and I am proud and happy to be married to this "toxic" male. We also have the ability and resources to protect our property. Trespassers will be shot, survivors will be shot again. MAGA - Before its too late.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: KatieJo 6/24/2019 4:58:01 AM (No. 105237)
In recent years we installed a wood burning cook stove in the kitchen. There is a little wood shed out the kitchen door with wood to feed it. We also have both a propane and gas powered generator for emergency use. Thanks for the reminder OP, we need to stock up on gasoline and take care of a few other odds and ends. Also built a greenhouse out of old windows (pretty cute if I do say so myself). We have an emergency pantry in the basement and extra first aid supplies. I need to get a manual pump installed for the well, but I have some water stocked. It makes me feel better that other posters also seem to have taken this seriously. The more of us there are that are not helpless, the better chance we stand.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: F15 Gork 6/24/2019 7:03:47 AM (No. 105276)
We will be stacking mellineals like cordwood along our roadways - without their devices they will vapor lock and die.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: ho72 6/24/2019 7:07:59 AM (No. 105279)
Just remember that an EMP attack will fry electronic circuits that aren't protected. If your generators have digital controls or your vehicles have computers or your well pumps aren't of the manual type, then you may not be as prepared as you think.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: BeatleJeff 6/24/2019 7:50:07 AM (No. 105304)
I always file these kind of stories under :Run for your Life! You're going to die!"
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Dodge Boy 6/24/2019 8:32:07 AM (No. 105339)
#1, TQ, clicking on your screen name doesn't provide access to your contact details/profile. Would be very interested to see TK's 5-page emergency planning guide.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: jacksin5 6/24/2019 8:46:56 AM (No. 105352)
I spent the last 20 years in Maine before moving to Florida. Up north, blackouts were a common occurrence, due to weather. .A few cases of bottled water, a backup generator with electric start and a tie-in to plug into the house system. A separate freezer stocked with meats and vegetables that have been shrink-wrapped. The only addition I have to purchase here in Florida, is a portable A/C unit as my portable generator won't put out enough wattage to run my HVAC unit. So if the power goes out for an extended period, eat what's in the fridge first. Dump the contents of the icemaker into the freezer run the generator as needed cooking with camp stove and BBQ Grill.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Daisymay 6/24/2019 8:49:09 AM (No. 105353)
Well, I'm a Senior, living in a Florida Senior community. I'm afraid we are NOT ready for anything like a no electric attack. First of all, if it happens from May to October, we will all die from the HEAT! If it happens during the Off Season when it's cool, we could survive on our Hurricane Stash, but only for a week. Keeping food cold would be the Trick here. Nope, I think we would be in trouble here!!
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Reply 9 - Posted by: zephyrgirl 6/24/2019 9:31:01 AM (No. 105382)
we may not survive, but some of us will see the Milky Way for the first time. It is a beautiful sight.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: Strike3 6/24/2019 10:16:39 AM (No. 105430)
Two weeks of supplies is woefully inadequate. They should be talking months. The Russians, Chinese or whomever could cause the problem but it will be our own dear citizens who make it much worse. Guns, water, food in that order. Don't be caught without adequate protection or none of the rest will matter. Take a mental survey of your neighbors, which ones will help and which ones will be attempting to steal your food at night? Don't let them see generator-powered lights at night or you will become an instant target.
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