If the blackout lasts two weeks or moreSubmitted by McClarinJ on Tue, 07/03/2012 - 08:20
what will you have done to cope?
A shelf full of gallon jugs of water, protected from light so no algae grows in them,, is a simple step almost anyone can take. A few cases of Ramen noodles won't cost much and will slip under your bed. A few extra flashlights and a large pack of batteries, some cans of beans, and you've made an excellent start on emergency preparedness for under $100.
What if the toilet won't flush? If you keep a couple extra boxes of trash bags you can open them to line your toilet for pooping. An industrial-strength debris bag can hold these poop-filled bags until the crisis is over.
Think about ways you depend on continuous electricity and devise alternative strategies.
Electric range? Have a camp stove and fuel and use it outdoors to avoid asphyxiation and fire risks.
Electric alarm clock? Have a windup alarm clock.
Burglar alarm? Get long duration battery backup.
Refrigerator? Keep a supply of non-perishable food.
On a well with electric pump? Keep 100 or more gallons of water in storage, plus a roll of poly film to deploy for rainwater catchment. If your well is shallow, consider investing in a manual pump for backup. Also consider an inexpensive gravity-feed water filter like this one: http://www.cheaperthandir... that screws into the bottom of a plastic bucket.
Electric heat? Have warm clothes and extra bedding or winter sleeping bags. Consider investing in a wood stove for backup.
Or you can invest in an alternate energy system like I did. I made my own photo-voltaic panels, bought solar cells on ebay, soldered them together, and bought some deep-cycle AGM batteries (safe to keep indoors), a 30-amp controller, a system meter, etc. plus a 3kw inverter that turns 12-volt battery current into 110-volt household current.
I also have a very quiet 3kw Honda generator (
http://youtu.be/2FnQ8Z8iYhg It's come in very handy during power outages. I even ran a 10-gauge line 250 feet from my big battery bank in my shipping container to the house to keep the refrigerator going in one power loss situation. I used the same line to plug in two auto battery chargers and recharge the batteries after the power came back on.
I still have most everything else on the list above except that my cache of flashlight batteries are mostly all rechargeables plus I have two solar battery chargers. Also I happen to be moving where there are no winters to worry about and there's plenty of rainwater to collect.
Being prepared is a journey. It can start small and be added to over time. Anyone can do it. Everyone SHOULD do it. A prepared population is a resilient and resistant population. Being at the mercy of government is not what we want here on the Daily Paul.