I was reading a zombie book and there was a great passage...
Good citizens realized that the lines that had shaped their lives were imaginary and easily crossed. They had wants and needs and the power to
satisfy them, so they did. The moment the lights went out, everyone stopped pretending.
- Warm Bodies
It got me thinking (that and the series Revolution)...that no matter the base cause (a natural disaster, collapse of the system, war, etc.), the real
keystone to our whole house of cards is the power grid. Without power, we lose EVERYTHING else.
Just think of past disasters...and how quickly (commensurate with the duration of power loss), everything just went into chaos. Katrina was a good
To those who think preppers are delusional, I think they should consider just how fragile our society really is. Our good behavior is largely due to
fear of being punished for wrongdoing. Without power, the ability to enforce goes out the window (no command and control), and it is rather scary how
fast we all turn to our more base instincts of survival.
In an individual home, losing power is an inconvenience, in a city, it is the near complete absence of law and order, once the sun sets. Now imagine
even a few days of outage in a metropolitan center...pure chaos.
Immediately, stores will close, gas stations will close, no access to money in banks, hospitals will suffer. Even those facilities on generators can't
hold on for too long, and will be more in a conserve mode, than wanting to open up. Grocery stores, for example, will have power to keep their goods
from spoiling, but credit card machines, POS systems, etc. won't be functional (com lines down).
This one SHTF event (multiple day power outage) is actually a pretty realistic event, that could result from a number of causes...in my area, a really
bad hurricane is certainly one of the prime possible causes...even if it just affects the area of the power plant.
This very thing has caused me to rethink a few things....
1) I have a lot of fencing, and it is rigged for electric. However, there are solar options, so I'm going to this for the fences as soon as I can do
so. Sure, an electric fence won't stop anyone, but it will make them make some noise, so I know where to shoot.
2) A power outage is likely not to last too, too long, even in the country, but I think I want to have some solar-powered lights to let any potential
bad guys know I'll be able to see them, and a generator for enough power for the well and fridge. I have a few such solar lights already, but I want
to put in some more flood type ones.
3) Normally, we run a business on the ranch, so I don't want to scare away customers normally, but it might be a good idea to have some very scary
warning signs available, to put up on the fences, in the event of such an outage. They can always be taken down again. Mostly signs about the dogs and
Obviously, there are many other measures to consider, just as part of the normal SHTF type planning, etc. (like food, water storage, etc.), but the
above 3 represent additions to existing plans, from just considering this type of problem. Granted, there may be many associated problems from any
given SHTF scenario...but the power outage for days is one that gives me the most pause...
Not for what it would mean for me....at most, an inconvenience....but for what it would do to society, at least for a short duration, and what that
could mean for our safety.
It's funny, my two medium dogs aren't that scary (one's a boxer/pitt the other a lab/chow), but they can really sense when someone is up to no good.
Normally, they are well behaved, but if a stranger is over, I make sure the dogs are up somewhere, until I know how they will react. The other 4
(chihuahuas) are really just more for alarm than anything else. They have great hearing, and can sense someone coming up the drive, letting us know
before anyone gets there (though at night, they sleep like the dead, hehe...)
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