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10 things the recent D.C. power outage taught us about a real, large-scale collapse

In the wake of violent storms, the power went out for millions of Americans across several U.S. states. Governors of Virginia, West Virginia and Ohio declared a state of emergency. Over twenty people were confirmed dead, and millions sweltered in blistering temperatures while having no air conditioning or refrigeration. As their frozen foods melted into processed goo, some were waking up to a few lessons that we would all be wise to remember.

Here are 10 hard lessons we're all learning (or re-learning, as the case may be) from this situation:

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I'll Admit...

I wouldn't know what to do in a crisis situation. But I certainly wouldn't look to the government for help. I sure hope the people can come together to work through this without asking the government to intervene.

Anytime you get the government involved, you're just asking for trouble.

Make it Eleven: Need for Decentralization

I don't mean decentralizing political power (although that, too!).

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

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New Hampshire and Ecuador.


If you have the ability install a natural gas fueled generator for emergencies. The power will go out but the natural gas will still be flowing. Diesel or gasoline stored over time in a fuel tank will go bad if you don't take precautions to keep out water vapor with fuel treatment.

My uncle in South Dakota has his hooked up to the city natural gas line which helps when a tornado or high winds knock down the power lines.

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Good points; cell phones and the internet

won't be working. Major life support systems all gone. Sobering.

Constant references to AC

Yes, human beings require food, shelter and water to survive. And cable tv AND xbOX and air conditioning apparently.

Know how much juice it takes to run an AC? Think your solar setup is really gonna do it? Think you are just gonna run a genny 24 hours a day? How much gas you got piled up?

If you aren't in a location that you can tolerate the temp extremes, well gee, that's not a good plan. And people in dense cities are just taking their chances. That or they got a heck of an escape route.

Most of those who think so actually don't and most people who think sew actually rip.

If you put a space after the

If you put a space after the first colon before the web address, it whould post as a link you can just click on.

Let it not be said that we did nothing.-Ron Paul
Stand up for what you believe in, even if you stand alone.-Sophia Magdalena Scholl

I had very little trouble:

The biggest problem I had was when I blew up my generator. Got a backup Immediately and all my neighbors were in amazement. Now I am repairing the old one. I have been on them about being prepared and a few have taken it somewhat seriously, but they still haven't learned their lesson. I may not be ready for an extended outage. (Months) But I am good for at least a month off grid. Food and fuel for camping equip. for at least a year. Enough TP and other toiletries for years to come.
Can't seem to get through to most people.

I love my country
I am appalled by my government

Yea but Iraq has good roads

Yea but Iraq has good roads now so I'm sure it was totally worth it. I mean, it's not like the poliicians and Generals are going without electricity in DC.