EMP Commission Warns ‘Blackout’ of Electricity, Food, Water to Last ‘Year or Longer,’ Huge Death Toll

Parts of the United States would be starved of electricity, water, food, internet service and transportation for a year or longer by the smallest electromagnetic pulse attack on the electric grid, according to a newly declassified report from a federal commission. [Read more…]

Power Sources During SHTF Situations- Prepper’s Guide To Grid Down Power

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Just about every disaster scenario we think about will involve being without electricity in some capacity or another. We are constantly thinking about food, water and shelter, but what would we do if the lights went out for an extended period of time? These grid down energy solutions can be useful today as well as in a SHTF situation. [Read more…]

Heat Distribution Within The Home: Dealing With The Future by Learning From The Past

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Heat Distribution Within The Home: Dealing With The Future by Learning From The Past

Going through some old documents I found a few photographs of my late great-grandparents. They lived in Devon, in a chocolate box cottage, thatched roof and stable doors that was built some 700 years before I was born. There was no electricity, no domestic gas or running water, by modern standards it was rudimentary at best. [Read more…]

How to Bug-In: What You Need to Know to Survive a Grid-Down Disaster

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How to Bug-In: What You Need to Know to Survive a Grid-Down Disaster

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Creek Stewart of Willow Haven Outdoor.

As the East Coast of the United States recovers from Hurricane Sandy, aka “Frankenstorm,” the rest of us watch the unfolding aftermath from a distance – thankful Mother Nature hasn’t unleashed her fury on our doorstep today. Hurricane Sandy is yet another sober reminder that none of us are exempt from disaster. Mother Nature doesn’t discriminate. She doesn’t care where we live, what we drive, how much we make, or what we do for a living. Her antics are diverse and far-reaching. She has a recipe of devastation for all parts of the world: hurricanes, tornados, floods, wildfires, winter storms, earthquakes, tsunamis, droughts, heat waves, volcanoes, land-slides, and sometimes even a combo pack.

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Prepare For a Grid Down Event. How Vulnerable is the US Power Grid?

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Prepare For a Grid Down Event. How Vulnerable is the US Power Grid?

Being a prepper means trying to become more prepared for every possible situation that we can. While for most of us being completely prepared is physically or financially impossible there are some things we should all be doing. So in this article I ask how vulnerable is the US power grid? Because a grid down event could be the primary disaster, or the secondary event caused by any number of disasters.

We can prepare for a terrorist attack, we can prepare for an economic collapse and we can prepare for Natural disasters, but just about every one of these events could include some sort of grid down event.

Imagine how you would react if all the modern conveniences you depend on day in and day out were all taken away. I’m not just talking about your cell phone and the lights in the house not working, I’m talking about everything we need to survive and don’t give a second thought.

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Why there will be WAY more zombies than you anticipated

imagesElectricity hasn’t been around all that long. For most of our history mankind has managed very well without it. Large numbers of people around the world still live without an electricity supply. If the grid goes down does it really mean the end of the human race?

A while back  I did a post about pandemics. I said in the introduction, that in my opinion only two things could be serious enough to put an end to humans. Pandemic and grid failure. Looking at the figures for the 1918-1920 pandemic, and using those percentages with current population, it seems I may have been wrong in my assumptions about pandemics.

So, onto grid failure, which to cover all the things that would be affected, and the speed at which they would be affected would need a large book, it is way too big a subject for an article. This article is based the things we have all heard, that 99% of the population of the United States would be dead within a year and that the world population will plummet. Let’s see.

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I have chosen 2010 as the year all of the figures relate to, as that is the closest year that has a full set of statistics available. Figures are taken from World Health Organisation records, love them or hate them they are very good pen pushers and compile statistics about anything and everything.

Okay, we all know that if the grid goes down, so does everything else in short order. Food supply chain, large scale agriculture,hospitals, traffic lights, everything that we regard as part of the very fabric of our lives. We have come to rely on electricity to such an extent that should it vanish from our lives it really would mean the end of the world as we know it. The question is though, would it be an extinction level event?

In 2010 there were 133,000,000 million births and 57,000,000 deaths from all causes. The WHO records the following for 2010:

34,000,000 known type 1 diabetics world wide.
64,234,000 known COPD (chronic obstructive airways disease sufferers)world wide.
22,800,000 known cancer sufferers world wide.

These conditions are considered to be those that contribute most to the mean global death rates. Now I am not a statistician, and it is impossible to know the life expectancy of the people suffering from these conditions, so, for the purposes of the exercise I am going to assume they all die in the first year.

This would add 120,000,000 deaths to the 57,000,0000 ‘usual’ deaths giving us 177,000,000 deaths for the first year. On top of this there would be a rise in the murder rate, the death rate from heart attacks would soar, mainly due to unfit people having to engage in hard physical labour, and deaths from lack of medication and medical intervention would skyrocket, as would deaths from malnutrition and disease.

This is where things get difficult, There are no statistics regarding lives saved each year by medical intervention, with no intervention, how many more deaths would this ammount to? 10% more? 20%, 50%? Let’s say the global death rate doubles to account for this, and the rise in murders, malnutrition and disease, a 100% increase, this is distinctly possible when you consider the circumstances. So the first year the death rate is 177,000,000 plus another 57,000,000 from doubling the base rate in the first year, giving us an estimated death rate in the first year of 234,000,000 people. If all of those deaths occurred in the United States and nowhere else, there would still be 102,000,000 Americans left. Whilst absolutely disastrous this is nowhere near an extinction level event.

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The mean annual death rate would have to rise 12,650% in the first year to take us even into the realm of possibility of an extinction level event. Even with that incredible rise there would still be 2,250,000 people left on the planet. Providing one or more groups of 5000 existed there is every likelihood that the planet would become re-populated over time. Groups of 5000 are considered by anthropologists to have enough of a genetic mix to grow at a healthy rate.

Obviously birth rates need to be considered. This was left at 133,000,000 for the first year. Most births take place in the developing world, the highest rates of all being found in regions that currently do not have a grid supplied electricity system. The first year would see a reduction in terminations of pregnancy of some 42,000,000 (the Foundation for Bio-ethical reform) which would increase the birth rate, but deaths of newborns would increase dramatically so the WHO figure was used. All of this boils down to the following:

A 12650% rise in the global yearly death rate would still leave a population of some 2,250,000 people populating the planet. Not all of these people are going to be in areas where disease and starvation will wipe them out. Many people in remote areas will be untouched by a total grid down event, it is feasible that some tribal people may not even know what has happened in the first world.

A total grid down event is highly unlikely to put an end to the human race, even though it will most definitely be for us in the first world, the end of the world as we know it. I am surprised by these findings but it shows very clearly, that to live through an event like this, as opposed to just existing after an event like this, we need to look towards simplifying our lives. We need to wean ourselves off of the electricity that we depend on. We need to have the skills that our grandparents and their grandparents had.

Life without electricity will be different, very, very different, but it will not be the lack of electricity that will make life hellish. We know from our forefathers that although more manually taxing and far less convenient that we can survive and we can do it well. What will make life hellish when the grid fails is those who have no clue how to cope, those who will refuse to work at growing vegetables, those who will see their future in terms of what they can steal from those who have had the foresight to prepare.

Unless we can find a way of getting preparedness accepted by the masses, unless we can make them see that being prepared for such an event is the wise thing to do we will be living with far more zombies than we anticipated.

It goes without saying that this is not good news, drastic as it sounds, those of us who are awake, particularly those living in cities, would do far better with less people around. Resources would be more readily available, land for food growing would be more readily available, as would non-perishable goods, from blankets to pots and pans, that could be scavenged from homes that no longer had inhabitants that needed them.

In my opinion a total grid down event is not the end of everything, but it may well be the tipping point that sets off a hell on earth scenario that lasts for decades.

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SOURCE : undergroundmedic.com

What If….today was the last ‘normal’ day any of us ever have?

end-of-the-world-2_b-300x225What if today was the last ‘normal’ day any of us ever have?

What if  in ten minutes time life as we know it ceases to exist?

How it could start for millions of people

Maybe you wouldn’t notice right away, the alarm goes off, you get up and head for the bathroom, you shower, you dress and then you go downstairs, maybe put on the kettle or the coffee pot. A short time goes by, and you realize the kettle hasn’t boiled. You try the light…the powers out.

You look out of the window to see if anyone else has lights on, they don’t. Living on a hill you can see some distance across town. It’s winter, sometimes a line comes down, especially up here in the hills, looking out of the window usually gives you an idea of how widespread the outage is. Today is no different. The difference today is that there are no lights, none. Clayville, population 15,879, and less than a mile away from the window you are looking out of, is in darkness.

This is unusual. In the 14 years you’ve lived in the house you have never seen an outage this widespread. there have been plenty of outages, but its usually a pole has come down and snapped a few wires, or lightening has hit one of the substations and a few streets, or even a couple of blocks are off.

You pick up the phone to call the power company…it’s dead.

You go through the contacts list in your cell phone and call a colleague who lives four miles away, in the suburbs on the other side of town, you can’t see his district from the window. Your cell beeps repeatedly, there’s no service.

A strange feeling sweeps over you, you’re not sure what it is, but you don’t like it. There’s no point musing on what’s going on, you need to get to work. You go back upstairs and wake your wife, telling her what’s happened. she reminds you that the garage door is electric, they all are on your exclusive gated estate on the hill.

I could carry on, but I think you get the picture.

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The reality

This is fiction, one of many scenarios that could take place, but it’s plausible, and for many this will be their first taste of the end of the world as we know it. A cascading power failure can happen fast, frighteningly fast, and if it happens at night there will be whole time zones who will have no idea what has happened.

What they won’t realize is that what has happened is incidental, the reason for the outage is at this stage unimportant. Dealing with the situation they are in should be their prime directive.

While they ruminate on the reasons behind the outage…and wait patiently for normal service to be restored, any prepper worth a damn will be using the time to get even further ahead than they already are.

What you do during that golden hour or two before the masses realize what’s happening will depend on your set up and environment. Many people say they would head off to the nearest 24 hour superstore for a final shopping trip. Personally I wouldn’t do that. I live on an island. Due to the weather conditions and high winds here we have no poles or pylons to carry our electricity, it’s all underground to protect it from the elements. It’s often the case that we still have power when local parts of the mainland don’t so if we’re off, more than likely they are also.

Heading to a superstore means leaving the island and negotiating major roads that may not have working traffic signals etc. I have to consider the possibility of not getting back onto the island if there is any form of incident or accident. There is no way around a hold up when there is only one single carriageway road that leads on and off the island. If I can’t get back to the bridge, I can’t get home. Not a risk I am willing to take.

My first step would be to fill the bath, water butts ( I keep four new empty ones in the garage) and every container I had with tap water. Then I would hit the local shops. Being known to the staff there is more of a chance that they would accept my cash in return for goods than a faceless superstore would. Having been to the shops I would go to the island log supplier, not the cheapest, nothing is on an island but they sell good, well seasoned hardwood. transactions are strictly cash and it’s quite normal to collect it yourself to avoid a delivery charge. I’d pick up a decent amount and arrange to have a load delivered also, it usually is on your drive less than an hour after you’ve paid for it.

In a couple of hours I have topped up my water supply, collected a bit more food and purchased a couple of tons of wood…there are some advantages to living in a small place where most essentials are to hand.

Water, food and heat, the essentials of life. Having these essentials allows me to think calmly about the future and to implement the plans I have put in place to ensure that we survive whatever life throws at us.

It’s a sobering thought that one day we will get up and whatever we own that day is all that we will ever own unless we produce it ourselves. No more clothes or furniture, no more cans of beans or bandages, no more of anything that isn’t home produced or traded.

Money will mean nothing, barter will be king.

Skills and services you can offer will be worth more than gold.

A sobering thought indeed.

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SOURCE : undergroundmedic.com