Short-term power outages can be inconvenient, Long term outages deadly!
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Our Mossyrock, WA Signal Group is sharing how we can be prepared for outages. Most of us can handle power outages for a few hours but how do we prepare for shut-downs for days, and Lord forbid, for weeks or longer? Our electrical grid is more fragile and vulnerable to failures than most realize. Outages can be caused by:
By weather – wind, snow, ice, and wildfires
Brownouts where the system is overtaxed
By aged systems failing
By physical sabotage, terrorism, or war – including cyber-attacks and EMP’s (Electro-magnetic pulses)
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What to do when the illumination go out?
This is usually the first thing we notice.
Flashlights (regular battery and rechargeable), lanterns, candles, solar yard lights
How to cook and stay warm?
Fire wood, gas fire places, propane, white gas or oil.
Heat a limited area and make sure of proper ventilation
A tent indoors many help you stay a little warmer without heat
Share your heated spaces with neighbors or ask neighbor if you can stay with them
Have fire-starters like lighters, matches, striking rods, and flints
Don’t let your pipes freeze
Have back-up stored water, and the ability to gather and purify
If the toilet stops
If city water sewer systems are closed down use chamber pots and outhouses.
Septic-based toilets can be flushed with buckets. Fill toilet tanks.
When the refrigerator and freezer dosen’t work
Refrigerators keep food cold for about four hours. A full freezer for about 48.
Avoid opening the doors. Eat the most perishable first.
Move away from needing refrigeration. Find other preservation methods
Generator backup a couple hours at a time with freezer compartment on coldest.
If you have a generator practice running it safely and have fuel to run it.
When your phone and internet stop
Old style land line phone if phone lines are active
Battery radio You may use a car radio.
When the banks are closed and cash machines don’t work
Keep cash at home and items for barter
When the grocery is closed
Fall back to your food stores
When the gas stations can’t pump
Have stored gas
Car pool with neighbors
Have good shoes and boots and be use to walking
A good bike
A wagon to move things
Other dominos may fall bringing cascading challenges!
Your place of employment
Police and fire services
Hospitals and pharmacies
Delivery trucks and US mail
Farmers’ irrigation water
CONCLUDING THOUGHTS: MOVING FROM PREPARATION TO MINISTRY
A long-term grid-down situation could cause catastrophic social consequences. In a long-term situation refugees will be looking for water, food and heat. This is a good reason for being a praying Christian, to be prepared, and ready to help others. Remember God loves to display His miraculous, saving grace and will to use you as His grace instrument!
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Steven C Johnson
Landing Strip Enterprises
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