Surviving a Power Grid Collapse Conclusion Part 3
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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. Read more
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Surviving a Power Grid Collapse Part 2
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Solar panels are costly on the front end and once installed they cannot be easily removed and transported if evacuation is necessary. However, solar panels are ideal as a supplemental energy source and they can be relied upon when your community’s power grid goes down as long as you have a stand-alone system that is not connected to the grid. You will need battery storage along with gas or diesel powered generators to make sure you have an uninterrupted supply of electricity. Solar panels can be damaged, by a natural disaster or by vandals so it is important that they not be your sole source of electricity.
Wind and water can be used to generate electricity by powering an electrical generator, which would generate Direct Current and would work similar to a stand-alone solar system. One problem is of course that excess electricity must be bled off into batteries capable of handling the load. Direct Current is flow directly from the source to the load, such as refrigerators, air conditioning units and so forth. Households usually use AC so the DC must be converted for most appliances. The current does not stop flowing when the turbine is operational so it is important you have the system properly configured to handle any excess electricity. Read more
Surviving a Power Grid Collapse Part 1
To be truly independent from your local power grid and still have the capability of generating electricity during a disaster, you would need a stand-alone photovoltaic (solar panel) system with or without a battery backup. The basic concept is that the solar panels are directly connected (direct-coupled system) to a Direct Current (DC) load. This means that when the sun is shining you are generating electricity and can directly power devices once converted from DC to Alternating Current (AC).Typically households operate using Alternating Current. You can of course purchase appliances that operate on DC such as appliances found in recreational vehicles/campers and so forth. You can use the solar panels in conjunction with a diesel generator and wind turbines for nighttime use and during cloudy days. Once the sun goes down the panels stop generating electricity and there is no storage capabilities. Read more