The following is a second question from Greg from Colorado on the same email as my last post was based on. He emailed me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can email me as well. If you are doing so, please do a one to two sentence question, and then explain yourself. I respond to his email asking how to prepare for a power grid down drill. He wanted to know what to do to protect his family if the infrastructure was disabled
2. No warning—
All availability to information immediately goes away. All you have is a radio and you discover that our infrastructure has been disabled by ???
What’s your first move to protect your family?
Assuming I have a radio that functions, I would find out what is going on.
Once again, what we do is:
Since you said that I have a radio, I would think that it wasn’t a coronal mass ejection, solar storm, or solar flare because I probably would have had my radio on, but I may have had my radio off and this could have happened.
Let’s say that this is what happened, which is the main catastrophic event that I would consider the cause for the infrastructure going away. If it was a hack job, it wouldn’t take too incredibly long to get the common support network back up and running. So because it is the more long term scenario to have tons of transformers blow up and cables melting and grounding out, this is the scenario I would choose. Any other event that would cause a system failure like this is either smaller than the storm, or so big you probably can survive it anyways. There is always, the whole, “Government Conspiracy” theory of why everything was shut down, but by doing this, they would be hurting themselves more than many people think. Probably not a concern.
No matter the choice I make for this scenario, my answer is going to sound very similar to your last question. Why is this? I believe in preparing for a general sustainability, not for a specific reason. Prepare for time in disaster, not for the specific disaster, beyond a few amenities that may target one type of disaster.
It will probably take a year or two to recover from a large, unmanageable coronal mass ejection. So if you were just 1 year self-reliant, then you are half-way there, and can learn along the way. Chances are, you will survive. If, like me, you work on self-sufficiency while working on self-reliance, you may be in a great position for survival.
I have made several posts about curing or storing foods without refrigeration, so I don’t need to rehash all of that, we will stick to the immediate stuff here.
In my current situation, I would probably bug-in. I would have everyone follow my disaster plan steps. One of those steps may be to fortify my home and land. I am already storing cheap alternative food that I can give to my neighbors to keep them “friendly” to me and my causes in this situation. I already have a food storage plan that I know will be sufficient for a while. I don’t have a large sanitation setup yet, but have considered that at first we would just dig latrines outside every so often in different spots. I will have power due to my resiliency in place, but for how long? I would also have heat for quite some time. I have, at a minimum, bought myself time to get into more of a sufficient setup.
So at this point, I would consider our medication needs, which over time, I want to reduce. I use virtually no meds, but not everyone in my family is that way. I would consider getting my hands on their medication beyond my current reserves.
Ultimately, I would wean my family off of their power consumption, and would use my battery banks for very few power related items.
At this time, my biggest concern is security. Everyone in the house that is “of age” will have a firearm at all times, we would ensure that a watch is posted at all times, and we would work on self-sufficiency items since we are at that point.
But, I come full circle. The very first step is to STOP, calm down, assess the situation, and come up with a solid game plan. Greg, I hope that answered both of your questions. I also want to reiterate that I need people to be specific, but short with their questions.
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