Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Power Grid Down: How To Prepare, Survive & Thrive Chapter 5 Excerpt


Chapter 5
Fire, Survival Cooking, Trash Bag Uses, Mylar Bags, and Duct Tape

Brush fires, or wildfires, are one of the most dangerous types of blazes for firefighters to battle – and are especially dangerous when you can’t call the fire department. Fire preparedness is perhaps one of the most neglected aspects of preparedness. Fires can double in size approximately once every 30 seconds to a minute. Dry brush and trees will catch fire quickly. Minor wind fluctuation can take you from a point of safety straight into the path of rapidly encroaching flames in a matter of seconds.
In a power grid down scenario, calling the local fire department will likely not be an option. 

Transformers popping after a weather event, EMP attack, or solar flare can take down the power grid and spark hundreds of fires in the impacted region. If an EMP attack occurs and thousands of planes fall from the sky, fires will burn unchecked in both urban and rural areas alike.                                           

Fire Preparedness

·         Take stock of flammable materials around the home and auxiliary structures. Properly dispose of any necessary items in a timely manner. There are three categories of flammable materials — Class A, B, and C. Class A flammables are common combustibles such as wood, paper and plastic. Class B items include grease and flammable liquids. Class C blazes are basically electrical fires which often stem from either Class A or B flammables. Understanding what types of fire you are most likely to be faced with is extremely important from a preparedness aspect.

  • · Remove tree branches extending within 10 feet of the opening of a chimney.
  •  Clear branches, leaves and pine needles out of gutters and off roof surfaces on a regular basis. 
  •  Wet the roof and sides of the home down with a garden hose or water gathered in buckets from a creek, during dry periods.
  •   Place a screen comprised of non-flammable material over stovepipes or chimneys. The openings in the screen should not exceed half an inch, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.      
  •   Do not store hay bales against one another. Combustion from heat or flying embers is common. Set round hay bales at least a foot a part and do not stack more than several square bales on or next to one another. If a wildfire is near, wet the bales with a water hose and separate if time allows. Storing bales inside a barn may be convenient, but it could ultimately cost you both the barn and the livestock huddled inside. Placing the bales in the sun or separating the material after danger has passed will help prevent mold. Cows can typically eat hay with a bit of mold, but it will make a horse or donkey very ill or cause death.
  • Think twice before placing pine shrubs next to the home, because they catch fire quickly when dry - think brittle Christmas trees with the lights left on too long. Skip attractiveness in favor of fire prevention when it comes to deciding what will be planted near the home and other structures.
  •  Thin out underbrush near the vicinity of the home. If you own goats this chore can be easily taken care of without you being forced to swing a sickle.
  •    Trim tree branches so they are at least 15 feet off the ground.
  •  Create a fuel break around all shelters on the property.
  •  Dispose of fireplace or wood burning stove and charcoal briquettes only after they have been soaked for at least an hour in a metal bucket filled with cold water.
  •  Never store gasoline near the home, and only keep the fuel in approved containers. If a fire does appear to be approaching your home, quickly move the gasoline out of its storage shed and dispose of the fuel if at all possible.
  •  Propane tanks should also be stored far away from the home and barn. Make sure that flammable vegetation is not present near the storage location. Moving propane tanks when a fire threat is present is also advised. Make sure tank valves remain in the off position.  
Power Grid Down: How To Prepare, Survive & Thrive After the Lights Go Out is available on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle formats.  

 Read Survivor Jane's review of the book by clicking here!





Prepper Video Of The Week - Raising Baby Goats Inside A Greenhouse

Prepper Of The Week - Scott Hunt Of Practical Preppers

Scott Hunt of Practical Preppers fame is a sustainable living design engineer.  He specializes in off-grid water and energy systems.  His expertise in mechanical engineering combined with good old-fashioned know-how gleaned from experience “on the farm and in the woods” has enabled him to draw closer to that goal of a fully sustainable lifestyle. Scott is one of 38 preparedness experts who will be speaking at Prepper Camp 2015 in Saluda, North Carolina.

If he isn’t installing a prepper system for a client, speaking at a conference, consulting via the phone, then you will find him in his shop tinkering on the next cool project.

Scott has worked for the last 4 years as a consultant for National Geographic on the shows Doomsday Preppers and Doomsday Castle.  Scott  has also appeared on the Sportsman Channel’s  America Unplugged.  

Find out about Scott’s new book Practical Preppers Complete Guide to Disaster Preparedness, attend his book signing…and get his new DVD Home EMProvement.

About Scott Hunt:



Master of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York 1992


  • Owner of Practical Preppers LLC.
  • Sustainable living Design Engineer specializing in off grid water and energy systems.
  • Conference Speaker
  • Retreat design Consultant
  • National Geographic Consultant
  • 10 yrs as a Product Development Engineer with Michelin Tire Corporation 1992-2002
  • Manager of a cow/calf operation 1995- Present
  • Experienced homesteader
  • Welding and metal fabricator-Employed by Kinetic Sculptor George Rickey 1988- 1992
  • Machine operator of all kinds related to construction, machining and farming.
  • Senior Pastor of Calvary Chapel Pickens 2001-2011

 Prepper Goals

For me being a Prepper means that I have the ability to grow and preserve our own food, secure my own water source and have an alternative energy supply. Preppers take the time to learn and teach important skills such as self defense, hunting, gardening, food storage, energy storage and conversion and how to locate fresh water. As a Prepper I strive towards self sufficiency, energy efficiency, alternative energy, conservation and helping others do the same.
"By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail." -Benjamin Franklin
"Chop your own wood, and it will warm you twice." -Henry Ford

Second Amendment Supporters Targeted By Gun Control Group Determined To Outlaw Open Carry

Open carry gun owners have become “swatting” targets due to a Coalition to Stop Gun Violence social media campaign, gun activists maintain. The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence gun control group has placed law-abiding gun owners in harm’s way, according to comments made by some Second Amendment activists, Fox News reports. The anti-gun group has reportedly encouraged calling 911 immediately if an individual is spotted carrying a gun in public.

Excerpt from a post on the gun control group’s Facebook page:
“If you see someone carrying a firearm in public—openly or concealed—and have ANY doubts about their intent, call 911 immediately and ask police to come to the scene. Never put your safety, or the safety of your loved ones, at the mercy of weak gun laws that arm individuals in public with little or no criminal and/or mental health screening.”
Click here to read the rest of my Second Amendment supporters under attack by gun control advocates on the Inquisitr.

Is Iran Planning On Launching An EMP Attack On The United States?

Iran nuclear deal opponents are concerned that the highly controversial plan could ultimately pave the way for an EMP on the United States. A history of failures by Iranian leaders to uphold agreements and treaties with other nations has prompted renewed concerns about the Obama administration plan, the Blaze reports.

Opponents of the Iran nuclear deal from both parties have argued against the process used to approve the agreement. Iran’s history of failing to uphold existing treaties and agreements has been put in the spotlight, as has the direct threat to the state of Israel. Click here to read the rest of my Iran EMP attack report on the Inquisitr.

So, You Are Going To Bug Out To The Forest After The SHTF, Better Read This Report First!

How many times have you heard someone say, “When the SHTF I am just going to bugout to the woods,” and think that such a “plan” is a simp...