by Amy S.
AMERICANS ARE ILL PREPARED FOR EMERGENCIES AND DISASTERS, SPECIFICALLY IF THE COUNTRY IS WITHOUT ELECTRICITY FOR A LONG PERIOD OF TIME.
Heres the REAL reasons why 90% of the population wouldnt survive 6 months without power. If a solar event like that of 1859 happened today the power grid would be wiped out and people would be left to fend for themselves. An electromagnetic pulse caused naturally or by man would obliterate the power grid. -Most people lack the basic provisions required to weather the coming storm be it food, water, comms, medical and security.
In a new report from the President’s National Infrastructure Advisory Council and published by the Department of Homeland Security, the government is urging the public to prepare for the up to six months without electricity, transportation, fuel, money, and healthcare. DHS is warning that the electric grid is now the “prime target” of terrorists (or EMPs), and says Americans need to be prepared for a power outage of up to six months. The report says that “People no longer keep enough essentials within their homes, reducing their ability to sustain themselves during an extended, prolonged outage. We need to improve individual preparedness.”
The report, titled “Surviving a Catastrophic Power Outage”, warns that an attack would likely come with little to no notice and could cause complete chaos for at least a half a year, “Long-duration, lasting several weeks to months (at least 2 months, but more likely 6 months or more) due to physical destruction to equipment, such as transformers or transmission lines; or the severity of the event resulting in limited workforce to repair damage, or inability to create or transport replacement parts,” said the report.
“This profound risk requires a new national focus. Significant public and private action is needed to prepare for and recover from a catastrophic outage that could leave the large parts of the nation without power for weeks or months, and cause service failures in other sectors – including water and wastewater, communications, transportation, healthcare, and financial services — that are critical to public health and safety and our national and economic security,” said the advisory council.
A Second Report
The report is the second in the last month to warn of a “profound threat” to the U.S. electric grid from terrorism and events like a solar storm or solar flare. A prior government report also recommended presidential action to protect the grid from attacks.
In that report, from the Air Force’s Air University, the military warned an EMP-style attack could wipe out the United States, democracy, and the world order. They also warned that:
99 nuclear reactors would likely melt down without electricity to cool them.
4.1 million would be displaced from areas around the nuclear plants as the radioactive cloud spread.
Military and commercial jets, such as those built by Airbus, could be degraded. “Alarmingly, aircraft designed to carry large numbers of people and sizable cargo are allowed to operate without certainty about their level of resilience.”
Bases would be cut off, making defense and counter-attacks impossible.
Civil unrest would start in “hours.”
Power and GPS could go dark. “An EMP would cause instantaneous and simultaneous loss of many technologies reliant on electrical power and computer circuit boards, such as cell phones and GPS devices.”
“Failures may include long-term loss of electrical power (due to loss of emergency generators), sewage, freshwater, banking, landlines, cellular service, vehicles.”
Eighteen months or more are required to replace key elements of the electric grid that would be damaged or knocked out.
As many as 250,000 to 500,000 deaths will occur immediately following a large-scale EMP event as commercial airliners lose power and drop from the sky, medical life support systems stop running, power plants and hydroelectric generators fail catastrophically, pacemakers give out, and other similar effects ripple across the nation. But assuming you’re not one of these unlucky first casualties, your chances of immediate survival are actually rather high.
EMPs don’t harm the human body. You won’t even know an EMP has occurred until you try to turn on a light, start a car, or make a phone call. Immediately following an EMP, you’ll need to decide whether to stick around or get out of Dodge. Your situation may vary, but if you are in an urban city center, life will get difficult sooner rather than later, and sticking it out with millions of other cold, hungry, and desperate people may prove fatal.
You could lay in a few years’ supply of food and vitamins in a hidden backwoods enclave not likely to be discovered by roving bands of raiders. It would need a water well with a manual pump or access to fresh water nearby. It would be wise to obtain some water purifying and medical supplies, of course.
For communication and information gathering you would need to protect some hand-held ham radios, a shortwave radio, their battery chargers and a solar charger inside a homemade nested faraday cage.
For transportation, any old car that doesn’t rely on electronics to function would do well. Don’t forget to stockpile several hundred gallons of preserved fuel.
Surviving the years of starvation and chaos following a devastating EMP is every bit as challenging as surviving an old-school nuclear holocaust.
In the immediate aftermath of an EMP, the steps you’ll need to take to survive will vary depending on where you live, your health, the weather, resources in the area, and the supplies and tools available to you. This guide can’t address every possible factor that could influence your situation, but if you want to survive, no matter where you are, preparation is critical. Start now.
Water stops coming out of your faucet and toilets won’t have water to flush.
Your furnace won’t work (even if it’s gas).
The pumps will stop working at the gas station (better keep that gas tank at least 1/2 full).
Traffic lights won’t work snarling traffic everywhere (unless it’s an EMP, vehicles may not work at all).
Your security is compromised. (How are police and medical vehicles supposed to make it through snarled traffic?)
ATMs will not work.
Whether the power is out because of a cyber attack, an EMP, or a huge weather event, your way of living will be completely altered. It will be almost totally about survival.
Comfort or chaos – you choose.
How much food storage do you have? A pantry full? Six months? A year?
How is your water supply? There is nothing more important than water in a blackout – just ask any hurricane survivor.
Got plenty of flashlights or other means to light up the dark?
If it’s winter, do you have a way to keep warm? Or keep cool if it’s summer?
Terrorist Attacks, Cyber Attacks, Wars
The Terrorist Attack You Never Heard About
It happened in California several years ago.
An unknown group – well coordinated, well armed, and well informed – launched a major attack on the power grid.
Here’s what happened. It started when one of the attackers infiltrated a “secure” underground room. Once inside, the attacker cut telephone cables. The group wanted to keep the power station from calling for help.
Once the telephone cables were cut, the shooting started…
The attackers then fired more than 100 rounds into the power station, putting 17 transformers out of commission.
An ongoing cyber-espionage campaign against a range of targets, mainly in the energy sector, gave attackers the ability to mount sabotage operations against their victims. The attackers, known to Symantec as Dragonfly, managed to compromise a number of strategically important organizations for spying purposes and, if they had used the sabotage capabilities open to them, could have caused damage or disruption to energy supplies in affected countries.
Among the targets of Dragonfly were energy grid operators, major electricity generation firms, petroleum pipeline operators, and energy industry industrial equipment providers. The majority of the victims were located in the United States, Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Turkey, and Poland.
Solar Flares (CMEs)
CMEs or solar flares are not uncommon and usually occur during years of high sun-spot activity. Mostly they just glance off the earth or don’t come too close nor affect us much. But we don’t really know when or if they will be strong enough to cause disruptions in our communications.
It happened in 1859 and took 18 hours to reach earth (it usually takes 3 or 4 days). Back then we had no electrical grid. Then it happened again in 1989. The entire province of Quebec, Ontario went dark in an elapsed time of 90 seconds. The storm lasted for about 26 hours and the blackout came very close to extending into the United States.
Our electrical power grid is very complex, intricately connected, and fragile. A large CME could literally melt the transformer hubs and the damage could take 4 to 10 years to fix because these units are huge, complex to make, difficult to transport—and made in China.
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A lightning storm, an earthquake, tornado, hurricane or other natural disaster can put the whole neighborhood or an entire city or country in the dark.
Our power grid is made up of just three systems. A significant weather event could cause the “web” of our grid to fail, taking out the electricity of 1/3 of the country. This actually happened in 2003 when 50 million people were left without power.
Our government knows that the power grid is dangerously fragile with few transformers (made in China) for replacements.
What happens when the grid goes down?
There is a difference between a power outage and a grid down situation.
A power outage is usually for a short time — several hours or maybe a day. It’s usually local — a neighborhood, part of a city, or maybe even a whole city.
If the grid goes down, it may affect the entire country. Preparing for a long-term grid down scenario is the most difficult challenge we can undertake. It could, if it was an EMP, take us back to almost the stone age, or at least back to the time before electricity.
4 Critical Areas of Preparation for a Power Outage
1. Having Enough Food and Keeping It Safe to Eat
If the power is out for less than two hours, the food in your refrigerator and freezer will be safe to consume.
If the power is out for longer than two hours, follow these guidelines:
For the Freezer section: A freezer that is half full will hold food safely for up to 24 hours. A full freezer will hold food safely for 48 hours. Do not open the freezer door if you can avoid it.
For the Refrigerated section: Pack milk, other dairy products, meat, fish, eggs, gravy, and spoilable leftovers into a cooler surrounded by ice. Inexpensive Styrofoam coolers are fine for this purpose.
Use a food thermometer to check the temperature of your food right before you cook or eat it. Throw away any food that has a temperature of more than 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
Freezer foods may be refrozen if ice crystals are present. Exceptions include ice cream, pizza, and casseroles. If the frozen food has completely thawed but is cold, it must be cooked within a 24-hour period; or foods may be refrozen within 24 hours after thawing. However, quality may be diminished. If in doubt about when the food actually thawed in the freezer, discard the thawed food.
Dry ice may be used to keep frozen foods frozen and cold foods cold. Be careful not to handle dry ice with bare hands or breathe the vapors.
It’s always a good idea to have some canned or freeze dried food on hand during a power outage, in case you have spoiled food or to keep from opening the refrigerator or freezer too often.
Dry Age stems from a time when there were still large herds of buffaloes grazing on the prairies. The animals that were shot were severed into big technical parts and transported to the big cities in untilled steam train wagons. It was discovered that, by taking out certain planks from the wagon and letting in a sufficient mass of air stream into the wagon, the meat would turn black but stayed wonderfully red inside. Moreover, it didn’t perish and the taste became more tender and much more flavor some. Even old-fashioned butchers were impressed by this modern-day process although it was applied with varying degrees of success in those days
So, you will understand that we have tried, tested and further developed this old know-how and adapted it to our present-day needs. In doing so we focussed solely on meat.
The Carnivore’s Bible system developed by us gives the best possible results ever obtained so far. One of the biggest advantages is its dynamic operating system: it is capable of making a pretty accurate estimate of the quantity of meat to be dried and the stages of the ripening process inside the cabinet. After that, in steps and stages, the process can either be speeded up or slowed down. In this way it is possible to place both fresh meat and meat in various stages of ripening in one and the same cabinet.
All our Dry Age cabinets are partly or completely see-through. You can perfectly witness the changes in the meat and bring these quality products to the attention of your customers and guests. People are usually greatly interested and have a lot of questions to ask.