Surviving a Power Grid Collapse Conclusion Part 3

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In case you missed it Part 1 and Part 2

Additional Considerations

Once the disaster extends for weeks or longer citizens in the community will become desperate and will be looking to survive by any means possible. Your home could be a target once people realize you have an energy source. Home-defense must be part of any emergency preparedness plan and you must be ready to handle desperate friends, neighbors and strangers.

Do not advertise the fact you are prepared. Many of the so-called “preppers” do actively encourage and will help others prepare for a disaster because the ones unprepared will be a burden on everyone. Not only will they be a burden they may turn to violence and justify their actions in the name of providing for their families. Once disaster strikes the unprepared will be looking for those that did prepare. You must protect your possessions, tools, equipment and materials during a crisis and the less people who know how prepared you are the safer you will be.

Living without Electricity

Regardless of your plans, you have to assume that at some point during an extended crisis you will be without electricity. Equipment fails and without the proper tools and expertise, you may not be able to perform major repairs. The disaster will prevent you from obtaining parts or seeking the help of experts, so as part of your survival preparedness plan to survive without electricity.

You will need an adequate supply of the basic essentials and for natural disasters plan on at least 14 days. If a natural or manmade, disaster destroys or damages the nation’s power grid you may be on your own for months or even longer. You must have enough food, water, and other essentials to sustain you for up to a year.

Once you realize the crisis is for an extended period, you must consider alternative food and water sources. You will need a food source that you control such as a garden, and livestock. Heirloom seeds are an essential part of any long-term survival plan. The seeds will produce plants that will develop seeds that can be harvested to reproduce an identical plant whereas; hybrid plants only produce sterile seeds. By using heirloom plants and seeds, you can be assured of a sustainable food source.

Water will be a precious resource and you must have a water source that is free of contaminates and that you have control over. You can dig your own well or have one drilled before disaster strikes. Wells must be protected from contamination by proper capping or by building a well house to prevent ground runoff from contaminating the well from the top. The well must fill from the bottom to ensure the water has been filtered by at least ten feet of uncontaminated soil.

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