Wednesday, August 2, 2017

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 simple and feasible idea? I have shaken my head in disbelief copious amounts of time when hearing a “kinda” prepper, utter such a phrase.
Although the woods (or forest as city people prefer to call it) offer a bounty of natural resources, you must possess the survival skills necessary to utilize and harvest them. Actually, getting to the woods from either the suburbs or a city will be a miraculous feat in itself!
Before you continue to plan on grabbing your brand-spanking new bugout bag and heading to the woods, weigh the potentially deadly pros and cons very, very carefully!
When you arrive in the "woods" to escape the marauding hordes in the cities and suburbs, good country folks will be standing on the county line with their guns to make sure you do not take one step further! 

Read my detailed report about the pros and many cons, of planning to bugout to the woods after the SHTF at Survival Sullivan.

Can You Pass This 5-Day Challenge For Advanced Preppers?

Prepping is a lifestyle, not a hobby. Even the most advanced preppers among us realize they do not know everything there is to know about SHTF preparedness and are always on the lookout for great prepper projects and enhancements to their survival skills set and prepper retreat.
These projects offers the chance for all of us to do what we yearn to do – become the most prepared we can be for a doomsday disaster! Can you survive (and thrive) the 5-day challenge for advanced preppers?
Prepper Camp, the only 3-day hands-on survival and homesteading event in the United States, is a great place to hone your preparedness skills and get even more ready for a power grid down or other doomsday long-term disaster! 
It takes place every year in mid-September in Saluda, North Carolina.

Read my entire 5-day advanced prepper challenger report at Survival Sullivan and put your emergency preparedness skills to the test!

Mental Preps That Can Vastly Increase Your Chances Of Survival When The SHTF

Do you have what it takes to survive a disaster? Maybe…maybe not. Far too many preppers focus ONLY on the obviously important aspects of SHTF preparedness: hands-on bushcraft/survival skills, supplies, weapons, and physical prowess.
The mental preparedness and character or any prepper could either become his or her saving grace – or turn into an Achilles Heel that causes failure and ultimately, death. How you will deal both intellectually and emotionally with a doomsday disaster scenario is just as important as how many #10 cans of freeze-dried meat you have stockpiled in the basement, how good of a shot you are, and how well you know how to grow and preserve food!
Reduced mental capacity and emotional panic can occur quickly after the SHTF and society collapses. 

Read the rest of my mental disaster preparedness report and detailed training exercises you can do at home with your family, at Survival Sullivan.

Best SHTF 'Career' Choices!

During the immediate aftermath of a SHTF disaster, the panic and carnage which emerges will leave most survivors hunkered down at the prepper retreat or any temporary place they feel at least somewhat safe.
Eventually, the post-SHTF reconstruction phase will begin. This is America, the strong will survive and rebuilt. Advanced degrees will be as useless and paper money – unless the college education involved a still essential skill, such a medical or engineering training. Hands-on and off grid survival skills will once again be in high demand.
If a “career” was useful and lucrative during the 1800s, it will be again after the SHTF. 
Read the rest of my detailed and actionable report on Survival Sullivan - the best internet's best resource for free prepping plans and tips!
Can you become a master camo food forest survival gardener? My prepping mentor, Rick Austin, shows you how to use ancient food growing techniques to help keep your belly full and your precious crops hidden from the prying eyes of desperate people!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Eggshells Uses Around the Homestead - A Renewable And Valuable Prepping Resource!

To regular folks, eggshells are merely trash. But to homesteading families, preppers, and survivalists, they offer a bounty of essentials uses around the farm. Even a small flock of chickens or ducks will produce an incredibly large amount of eggshells to use on and around the homestead – saving you money now and providing a renewable resource after a SHTF scenario happens.
There are about 750 to 800 milligrams of calcium in every medium-sized eggshell. The easily accessible shells are simply too valuable of a resource to be carelessly tossed into the trash! When eggshells are used for edible human remedies, they must at least be cleaned thoroughly. Pasteurizing the eggshells is the best way to prevent the possibility of salmonella being spread – and the process is actually quite easy. Put the eggshells onto a baking sheet – no need to crush them up, and bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees.
Read the rest of my report on Homesteading - the best place to go on the web for homesteading tips, resources, and how-to guides!

What Are The Best Handguns For Women, And How To Teach A Lady To Shoot Like An Expert!

A rapidly growing number of American women are learning how to shoot and getting their concealed carry permit. Being intimidated by the sounds and recoil of handguns is still deterring far too many potential female shooters from taking the final steps necessary to embark upon firearms training.
I was once one of the ladies who allowed my natural, yet unfounded fears of gun-handling to impact my personal safety – and the safety of our children and grandchildren. That was two years ago, today, I can out-shoot my husband with any handgun we own and thoroughly enjoy shooting my very own AR-15 semi-automatic rifle!
Many women who have expressed an interest, or who are being urged, to learn how to shoot, receive their first handgun from their spouse or boyfriend. While there are exceptions to the rule, of course, this loving and costly purchase often enhances instead of decreases, the anxiety the newbie female shooter has about firing a gun.
Read the rest of my report at Expert Survival Skill. This new website has a whole lot to offer preppers, survivalists, and homesteaders of all ages and abilities!

The 5-Day Prepper Challenge - Learn Survival Skills That Could Save Your Life After The SHTF!

Trying to learn everything there is to know about prepping and buying all of the survival gear you and your family could possibly ever need is an extremely daunting proposition. Most folks come to embrace the concept or preparedness after becoming worried about national/world events or after living through some type of natural disaster.
The rush to prep after having one’s eyes opened about the plethora of SHTF scenarios which could soon unfold understandably sparks a frenzied “have to do everything at once…and right now” mindset. Newbie preppers must pause after their moment of enlightenment and create a prepping plan which can be fully mastered at a realistic and budget-friendly pace.
The 5-day challenge can serve as a valuable survival refresher and cross-training endeavor for seasoned preppers as well. As with most things in life, repetition of sound habits leads to success!
Read the rest of my detailed and step-by-step report on Survival Sullivan. How do you practice your preps and hone your survival skills each week?

The Best Dogs To Have Around The Homestead: Livestock Guardian Dogs vs Herd Dogs

Do you want a livestock guardian dog or a herd dog as a work dog for your homestead? Didn’t know there was a difference? There is, a huge on actually. In fact, in all likelihood, you need both types of traditional farm working dogs on your homestead or survival retreat.

Work Dog On The Homestead: The Best In What They Do

Livestock guard dogs (LGDs) protect your livestock and by extension, your homestead, from predators. These dogs are typically very large and very protective of just not the livestock, but the entire family – but do NOT live with the humans inside the home.
Herd dogs work the land and animals by day but tend to live with the family at night. These breeds are high energy and commonly have only two speeds – 100 MPH or zero – and snoozing, after putting in many hours doing necessary work around the homestead.

Read the rest of my report on Homesteading. The website is filled to the brim with detailed tips, advice, and resources for prepping, homesteading, bushcraft, and survival!

Why You Shouldn't Depend On The Government When The SHTF!

There is only a 50/50 chance the government will know about a doomsday disaster for a mere 24 hours before it strikes. How long it will take governmental agencies to fully inform the public about a SHTF scenario, remains largely unknown.
Sure, the 24/7 mainstream news media will drone on and on about a potentially disastrous hurricane approaching, complete with journalists struggling to hold onto their microphone while reporting from the scene, but few natural or man-made disasters will come with a warning.
FEMA’s motto is, “Serving Communities When Needed.” Almost every single person, if not all, who has been impacted by a natural disaster over the past two decades will inform you, the actual service provided by FEMA is tardy, insufficient, and unorganized. You don’t honestly expect efficiency from anything coming out of Washington, D.C. -do you?
Go to Survival Sullivan to read the rest of my detailed report. The no-fluff website offers a bounty of detailed and actionable resources for prepping, survival, homesteading, and bushcraft!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Bugout Bags And Prepping With Kids: Power Grid Down Chapter 7 Excerpt

Chapter 7
Get Me Home Bags, INCH Bags, and Bugout Bags

I was playing the Conflicted card game with our daughter and son-in-law  (almost had to wrestle the deck back from Brea, she loved it) and one of the questions asked what you would do if you were 1,200 mile away from home on vacation when the SHTF and you had darn few supplies in your car. The question asked if you would just stay put, since you were so far away and were lacking gear, or would you embark on the very lengthy and likely dangerous, trek home.

Well, I snickered a bit at the question, I would never find myself 1,200 miles away from home without essential emergency gear. Ammo, long term storage food, and first aid items would definitely take precedence over a few extra pairs of cute wedge heels and funky headbands, in my suitcases. 


Brea and James readily agreed with both the preparedness disclaimer I uttered before answering the Conflicted game question, and my decision to start the long hard journey home on foot immediately – a proud prepper momma moment right there!

The Conflicted card game questions are very good discussion starters to use with your family and your tribe (AKA mutual assistance group) this particular one would be an eye-opener for a newbie prepper or a non-prepper you are attempting to educate, it just made me utter a chuckle of superiority because “me and mine” would never find ourselves in such dire straits due to a lack of gear on board.


Although prepping is now second nature to me and I consider it a form of insurance that brings peace and reassurance to my life, once upon a time I did not keep a get me home bag in my SUV and did not possess a concealed carry permit. Thinking back to the time when I left myself so vulnerable makes me cringe and leaves me grateful that I was never left huddling along the side of the road in fear after disaster struck. 

Bugout bags, INCH bags, and get me home bags, should be compiled for everyone in the family. The bugout bags should contain enough food, sheltering items, water filtration equipment, fire starters, and a first aid kit for the carrier to survive for 72 hours after leaving the home. An INCH bag is a more serious version of a bugout bag. These will be heavier and contain more in-depth survival gear, since the carrier does not expect to ever return.

A get me home bag is a version of the bugout bag that is packed with items designed to get the carrier back home from about an hour or two away on foot. Disasters both regional and national can strike at any time. The get me home bag in your trunk will come in quite handy when hoofing it home from an evening out to do dinner and a movie 35 miles away from home.

Although determining every item that should be included in a get-home bag will differ from person to person, the basic tools and gear needed are the same. When planning a bag supply list, carefully consider the types of natural disasters which are common in your region and address those needs first when budgeting for bag contents. A power grid down scenario, terrorist attack, or civil unrest can occur everywhere, but severe winter storms, tornados, and earthquakes are more prone to specific regions of the country and should be among the primary concerns when determining how preparedness funds will be spent.


Child Preparedness

 If you do not homeschool your children, include a basic first aid kit, a map with the route home highlighted, directions to survival caches along the route, several nutritional bars and a survival straw in their school backpack. The child, regardless of age, must be taught how to respond if at school or on a field trip when disaster strikes. A teacher will not allow a student to simply ignore the shelter in place and wait for help rules that the district likely has in place. 

Children cannot even take toy guns to play with at recess like we could as youngsters, so placing any type of self-defense item in a backpack is not an option. Survival caches buried between home and school offer not only additional food, water, and first aid supplies, but age appropriate self-defense items as well. Several bottles of mace and a knife will not offer much help when faced with an armed individual, but possessing such items would at least give your child some small way to defend himself. 

What Are The Absolute Basics Of Survival?

The basics of survival remain the same no matter type of short-term or long-term disaster a person is preparing for - food, water, and shelter. But, "numbers," medical preps, and skills are almost equally important.

Medical preparedness, advanced first aid - and beyond, natural remedy alternatives to prescription medications and treatments, will either increase or vastly decrease the chances of survival during either a disaster or outdoor medical emergency during a backwoods excursion when you cannot call 911.

The "lone wolf" approach to prepping has its benefits, namely OPSEC, but it will take numbers for the vast majority of people to survive long-term during and after a doomsday disaster. If you cannot hold onto the food you are growing (in a camo manner) and the other essentials of survival, all the time and money spent stockpiling them will have been nothing more than an exercise in futility.

Skills will trump gear during a disaster. Knowing how to use and repair what you have - adapting and overcoming situations by making use of available items is essential to survival. Cross-training is significantly important as well. If the only person who knows how to reload ammo or splint a leg, parishes, the chances of the family or mutual assistance group surviving the disaster just dropped to nearly zero.

What are you best survival tips for newbie preppers?

Are You Prepared For A Societal Collapse? Learn How To Survive A World WROL!

When society collapses, it will happen quickly. The time to prepare your family AND organize your neighbors is now!
No matter how prepared you are for the SHTF inciting incident, both you and your loved ones will still suddenly find yourselves thrust into the middle of a disaster with copious amounts of people who are wholly unprepared for any doomsday scenario.
Approximately 3.7 million Americans identify themselves as being “preppers” at least in some capacity. While that statistic may sound like a huge number of people, it actually only amounts to about 1 percent of the population of the United States. Willful ignorance will likely end up killing approximately 80 percent of our fellow citizens.
After a societal collapse there will be zero time to network with neighbors to instill in them the benefits of preparedness or to craft a town or neighborhood response and defense plan to stave off the marauding hordes.
Visit Survival Sullivan to read my entire detailed report on how to prepare both your family and your community for a SHTF doomsday disaster and prevent complete civil unrest, martial law, and societal collapse from taking over in your neck of the woods - and on your prepper retreat!

How To Stop Top Livestock Predators Around The Homestead Or On The Survival Retreat

Your livestock is your livelihood… Are you doing everything to protect your homestead from these 8 top predators that prowl your homestead?
No work day around the homestead is ever complete without checking for signs farm predators have been nearby. Most predators attack between dusk and dawn, making a late afternoon check of all pens and enclosures mandatory for any farming household that does not want to lose their animals or crop to eager and hungry wild animals both large and small. But What should you be on the lookout for?

The Top Predators Prowling Your Homestead

Livestock protection is a never-ending job on any homestead. The one day you decide you’re too tired to do a pen or fence perimeter check – after all, the critters have been present and accounted for every morning for months – is exactly when you will wake up and find feathers and bloody remains.
Visit Survival Life to read the rest of my detailed report and learn how to deter predators and rid your prepper retreat or homestead of livestock killers!

Get in the habit of checking the exterior of the chicken coop and chicken run every night and each morning for signs of vulnerability and attempted entry. Check inside the coop to make sure no predators are hiding inside before putting a free range flock up for the night.

How To Design A Shipping Container Home

Shipping Container architecture is “taking the world by storm,” according to Popular Mechanics. Tiny homes are extremely popular with off the grid enthusiasts and folks seeking an affordable way to construct a vacation or retirement oasis. Recycling (or upcycling) shipping containers into energy efficient and environmentally friendly homes is also a very affordable way to create your dream home.
Standard shipping containers are about 8 feet wide and 8 feet tall and come in both 20- and 40-foot long styles. The average price of a long container is between $2,500 and $3,500. 
The containers can be cut apart and welded back together to form rooms or a home two or three containers wide – or simply left together to form a single container home.
Excerpt from the interview with shipping container home builder Ryan Naylor:
You are recycling, re-using, and upcycling a wide variety of materials for your container home. Such a plan helps keep the cost down and is extremely environmentally friendly. What are some of your favorite finds and how will they be incorporated into you home?
"Obviously the two 10-year-old containers. We have already used the 100 cement blocks we found on the land we bought buried under brush for our foundation. Just filled them with concrete last week. We used seconds from a local cement company for the rest. We will be using a spiral staircase we found in an empty lot that was given to us. We also have used a claw-foot tub that we bought off of Craigslist and we are using a bunch of huge window panes that were misordered when they renovated the Asheville city court house which were in the garage on our land and came with the property."
Visit the Inquisitr to read the entire interview and to learn more about building a shipping container tiny house - or a large one, to turn into an amazing prepper retreat, survival structure, or off grid dwelling for homesteading!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Survival Retreat Guide: What You Need To Know BEFORE Buying A Prepper Retreat!

Browsing for the ideal property to turn into a prepper retreat or bugout location is an exciting step along the journey to self-reliance. Once you have a loan pre-approval letter in your pocket, things suddenly get very real. Finally, it’s time to sign a contract on a piece of land. This is a new and extremely important stage of your life.

Top 10  Real Estate Tips For Your “Prepper Retreat”

It can be extremely easy to fall in love with a beautiful piece of land. This is especially true when walking the property and knowing it’s within your budget range. But give yourself a hard reality check before ever tossing out an offer. All land is not created equal. Simply because the acreage has been used as a homestead or farm does not necessarily mean it can be turned into a fully-functional survival retreat.
Visit Survival Life to read my full Prepper Retreat buying guide - what you learn won't just help save you money, the tips might just save the lives of you and your family after the SHTF!

How To Make The Ultimate Life-Saving Bugout Plan!

All preppers must have a quality bugout plan if they want to survive a doomsday disaster (not just an emergency). Even if you live on an amazing survival retreat and envision bugging in after the SHTF, a day could come when remaining on your homestead would no longer be an option.
There are three very important things you will need when developing a bugout plan – pen, paper, and time.
Spending just an hour or two conducting an inventory of your preps, and mapping out a TEOTWAWKI escape route simply will not suffice. Realistically, it will take not only multiple planning sessions but practice runs to find out if the bugout plan suits all the family’s needs and actually works when enacted in a real-world disaster scenario.
Go to Survival Sullivan to read my step-by-step detailed report to guide you through making the ultimate and most comprehensible, bugout plan for your family! 

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Power Grid Down Chapter 6 Excerpt - Off Grid Housing Options and Homesteading Tips from the Amish

Chapter 6
Off Grid Housing Options and Homesteading Tips from the Amish

Finding a Prepper Retreat

While shopping for the perfect prepper retreat, do not be tempted by scenic soil. As the old saying goes - beauty is only skin deep. Looking down at your feet frequently will serve you well when touring land. While picturesque sunsets are wonderful, if the land is unable to grow crops and is prone to flooding, your family will go hungry during a long-term disaster.

A little knowledge will go a long way as you enter the homestead search process. When the dream of owning an off the grid property or the prefect homesteading site becomes fiscally feasible, do not rush to sign a contract or become so overwhelmed by the process that you make a decision which could hamper the survival of your family.        

Real estate agents specializing in rural land sales are common, but agents trained in survival real estate consultation are not. Practical Preppers owner Scott Hunt’s book, The Practical Preppers Complete Guide To Disaster Preparedness is a superb source for prepper retreat consultation tips and advice. If contracting with a professional off the grid living expert is not financially possible, do your homework before scheduling land tours.

Prepper Retreat Buying Tips
Make a list of the land attributes you will need to successfully live off the grid, raise livestock, grow crops, and maintain a secure perimeter before meeting with a real estate agent or browsing property online. The list of wants and needs should include input from everyone in the family or mutual assistance group. Talk to a farmer or a rancher if you are new to homesteading. The educational tips garnered could help prevent making a very expensive and potentially deadly mistake.
Online property browsing also gives you the chance to thoroughly research and compare similar properties in only your price range. Print off the listing sheets and property record cards from the county auditor website.                                  

See no neighbors, hear no neighbors? Place all secluded properties on your list of possibilities for further investigation. 

After reviewing those materials, go to the local courthouse and purchase plat map pages and deed copies relating to your list of properties. Do not assume that mineral rights go with the land unless specifically stated. Some of the most popular and expansive online real estate websites are Survival Realty, Trulia, and Land Watch.

Trulia allows searches for specific types of real property, such as farms, vacant land, and ranches. Land Watch does permit listings for any type of real estate, but is most known for its rural properties on large acre tracts. Survival Realty is owned and operated by off the grid living experts and specific land attributes must be present before an agent or homeowner can list a property on the website. The search features on all three websites are simple to navigate and narrow down the listings to your area and specifications.                                                 

Friday, June 23, 2017

Homesteading And Survival Daily June 23 Edition Is Out - Read It Free Each And Every Day!

Read the latest roundup of preparedness, off the grid living, and homestead news with the Homesteading and Survival Daily online FREE electronic newspaper!

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Power Grid Down Chapter 4 Excerpt - Bartering

Chapter 4

The power of the almighty dollar may be diminishing and the economy both nationally and internationally teetering, according to some financial experts. While cash may still be king in many parts of the world, bartering has emerged as an equally dominant queen. To take full advantage of the increasingly popular bartering economy, you have to know both what to buy and where to look for the best deals.

Bartering is a skill we should not wait to perfect until after the power grid goes down or some other disaster strikes. Every penny saved when garnering items on your preparedness needs list can be money well spent elsewhere.

Bartering deals often involve both tangible items and trades for services and skills training. Develop a bartering relationship with an individual who possesses a skill no one in your family has, or someone who can offer a service which will become increasingly important when living off the grid.                                                                                                            
Unless you are part of the most massive, intelligent, wealthy, and skilled family (or mutual assistance group) on the face of the Earth, there is always something new to learn. Bartering items or skills you do have with someone who has mastered a task you may one day need to know how to do, is a win-win situation for both parties.

Bartering home-grown produce or farm fresh eggs for shooting lessons is just one example of a successful trade that enhances food storage and self-reliance skills.

Opportunities to swap unwanted items or share your skills exist both in areas around your home and online. When meeting a stranger to broker a bartering deal, always choose a public venue during daylight hours and take at least one friend or relative with you for safety reasons.

Power Grid Down: Chapter 2 Excerpt - Weather Disaster, Solar Flares, and EMP Atta

Chapter 2
Weather Disaster, Solar Flares, and EMP Attacks

Weather Emergencies Section Excerpt

The power grid has morphed in size tenfold during the past 50 years. While solar flares, cyber-attacks, and an EMP attack are perhaps the most extensive and frightening threats to the electrical system, the fragile infrastructure could just as easily fail in large portions, due to weather-related events. The power grid is basically a ticking time bomb which will spark civil unrest, lack of food, clean water, and a multitude of fires if the system goes down.

Weather-related events were the primary cause of power outages from 2007 to 2012, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers infrastructure report card. Power grid reliability issues are emerging as the greatest threat to the electrical system.    

The ASCE grade card also notes that retiring and rotating in “new energy sources” is a “complex” process. 

Solar Flares Section Excerpt

The potential for an Earth-directed X-class solar flare to take down America’s overly-taxed power grid is significant. Infrastructure frailties are not a glitzy topic; they are far too mundane for mainstream media to venture away from the latest political scandal or celebrity wardrobe malfunction to discuss, but they are nevertheless important.

The power grid likely would not survive a direct hit by what scientists call a coronal mass ejection, or CME. Scientists have only been able to view, track, and understand solar flares for about the last 20 years. The most powerful known earth-directed solar flare occurred during 1859 and is known as the Carrington Event. Telegraph lines, the most advanced technology at the time, burst into flames. 

If such a powerful event occurred today, life as we know it in America would cease for quite a long time. The Carrington Event brightened the night sky from the North Pole to Central America, and some New Englanders even read their evening newspapers outside, as if it were daytime.          

 America barely dodged a direct hit by a solar flare in 2012. All modern amenities would have ceased to exist for at least weeks or months due to the solar flare, according to University of Colorado Laboratory of Atmospheric and Space Physics Director Dr. Daniel Baker.

EMP Attack - Section Excerpt

Even if the high-voltage protective boxes around transformers are put into place and spare transformers are carefully held in storage until they are needed, the impact a solar flare or EMP would have on America is still extremely dire.

Citizens who have not put their generators, appliances, cell phones, and basically anything else with electronic components and a cord into a Faraday cage, will quickly be living an Amish-style existence. How well a Faraday cage will work if the Earth is hit directly with a solar flare or a massive EMP attack occurs remains largely unknown. If such a disaster occurs and the power grid is down for years, your smart phone is not going to do you much good anyway.

EMP Commission statement about the domino effect an EMP attack would have on the United States:
The primary avenues for catastrophic damage to the nation are through our electric power infrastructure and thence into our telecommunications, energy, and other infrastructures. These, in turn, can seriously impact other important aspects of our nation’s life, including the financial system; means of getting food, water, and medical care to the citizenry; trade; and production of goods and services. The recovery of any one of the key national infrastructures is dependent on the recovery of others.”

Former CIA Director James Woolsey said this about electromagnetic pulse threats:
“9/11 was a wake-up call that enemies of the United States were looking to launch massive attacks. What if the government in North Korea or Iran really thought that the world would be so much a better place and that they themselves would be so much more likely to go to heaven if they could just kill as many Americans as possible? These guys lust after mass destruction.”                             

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Power Grid Down: Chapter 1 Excerpt - Terrorism, Cyber Attacks, and the Smart Grid

Chapter 1
Terrorism, Cyber Attacks, and the Smart Grid

The United States power grid has more blackouts than any other country in the developed world, according to new data that spotlights the country’s aging and unreliable electric system. The data by the Department of Energy (DOE) and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) shows that Americans face more power grid failures lasting at least an hour than residents of other developed nations - and it’s getting worse.

Going back three decades, the United States grid loses power 285 percent more often than it did in 1984, when record keeping began. The power outages cost businesses in the United States as much as $150 billion per year, according to the Department of Energy.

The power grid is our most antiquated and vulnerable piece of infrastructure. The entire system is teetering on the brink of failure. The grid is often called America’s glass jaw because of the nation’s reliability on it and also due to its many weaknesses; such as the possibility for a domino effect to occur because of the way the system is interconnected.

There are about 5,800 power plants and 450,000 miles of high-voltage transmission lines in the US, many of them decades old and a large portion of them connected to one another.

The famous Northeast Blackout of 2003 began with a tree limb falling in Ohio. The outage caused a chain reaction resulting in 50 million people losing power, including residents as far away as New York City and parts of Canada.

The electric system has improved some since the blackout of 2003, but not nearly enough. In early 2014, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) gave the power grid a grade of D+ when it evaluated the system for security lapses and other vulnerabilities. The D+ grade meant that the grid was in “poor to fair condition and mostly below standard, with many elements approaching the end of their service life.”

The report also maintained that a “large portion of the system exhibits significant deterioration” with a “strong risk of failure.”

An excerpt from the American Society of Civil Engineers report reads:

America relies on an aging electrical grid and pipeline distribution systems, some of which originated in the 1880s. Investment in power transmission has increased since 2005, but ongoing permitting issues, weather events, and limited maintenance have contributed to an increasing number of failures and power interruptions. While demand for electricity has remained level, the availability of energy in the form of electricity, natural gas, and oil will become a greater challenge after 2020 as the population increases. Although about 17,000 miles of additional high-voltage transmission lines and significant oil and gas pipelines are planned over the next five years, permitting and siting issues threaten their completion. The electric grid in the United States consists of a system of interconnected power generation, transmission facilities, and distribution facilities.”

The ASCE report card also stated that new gas-fired and renewable generation issues increase the need to add new transmission lines. Antiquated power grid equipment has reportedly prompted even more intermittent power outages in recent years. The power grid is more vulnerable to cyber-attacks than ever before, with a host of energy experts citing the aging electrical system as the primary culprit.   

Power Grid Down: How To Prepare, Survive, And Thrive After The Lights Go Out Foreword

Power Grid Down: How To Prepare, Survive, And Thrive After The Lights Go Out
Every minute of every day we face a deadly threat in America, yet very few are paying attention to the problem. A downed power grid would change life as we know it more than virtually any other doomsday scenario ever could; and is far more likely than a plethora of the apocalyptic scenarios contrived by Hollywood producers.

Should the power grid go down for just a single week, approximately one million Americans would likely die. Many scientists agree that such a doomsday scenario would also cause trillions of dollars’ worth of damage. With the very existence of such a significant portion of society on the line, a logical person would think that the government would be taking the idea of a massive solar storm, cyber-attack, or EMP attack, far more seriously. But, applying logic or common sense to the way career politicians think is a futile endeavor.

If the grid failed due to an EMP attack, life would change drastically within seconds. Sensitive computer equipment, such as life-saving machines used in hospitals, electrical systems in modern vehicles, cell phones, and a multitude of other commonly relied upon gadgets, would cease to function if not properly stored inside a Faraday cage. Since an X-Class solar flare has not directly impacted Earth since 1859, and America has not yet been the target of an EMP attack, the effectiveness of Faraday cages is based solely upon controlled tests and laboratory simulations.

By most estimates, it would take a minimum of three months to possibly an entire year, to garner new transformers after a power grid failure.  Like most things we buy at the store, transformers are not made in America. If a grid-down scenario impacts the entire planet, the companies in China and Germany, where such components are made, will not be able to manufacture or ship the parts to the United States.

As the American Blackout original film by National Geographic, The Carrington Event, and the Lights Out Saga independent film series (still in production) reveal, life as we know it would cease to exist if the nation is left without power for only a short period of time. If America loses power the nose dive the economy would take, would be of epic proportion. The masses would starve, and many of our friends and neighbors would fall victim to violent acts by both marauders and desperate starving folks who had never committed a crime before in their lives.

The attention span of the general populace and government officials is woefully short and may ultimately lead to the downfall of our society. Casually shrugging off concerns about the vulnerability of the power grid as prepper paranoia is much easier than actually working to solve the problem

Best Loans And Grants For Preppers Trying To Build A Sustainable Homestead

Get started with sustainable living by getting the best loans and grants. If money is the only thing holding you back, these options will get you started or give you the money you need to improve your homestead.

You know you want to start or enhance a sustainable homestead or farm on a prepper retreat, maybe you have even found the perfect land at the right price – but you just don’t have enough money on hand to move forward with a loan or expand your existing farm.
Read the my full report detailing each grant and loan to help preppers achieve their dream on Survival Life.

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...