Power Grid Down: Chapter 3 Excerpt - Power Grid Down Communication Options

Chapter 3
Power Grid Down Communication Options

Communicating during an emergency may be essential not only for survival, but also to help locate loved ones and garner news about the unfolding disaster. Cell phone signals and Internet access are typically the first “services” to cease operating during either a natural or man-made disaster, and landlines may not be far behind. The GPS gadgets so many people rely upon to get to point A from point B will not be helpful if they are built into your vehicle and roads are clogged - or an EMP attack has rendered the big hunks of metal useless.

Once the power has gone out, a state of emergency has been declared, and phone lines are down communications options are limited, but do still exist. Panic will set in quickly if your teenage daughter is halfway across the city watching a movie with a friend and you do not have an emergency communications plan in place – and practiced.       

Will you be able to reach your loved ones if the power grid fails?

For most people, being out of touch with their spouse or loved ones is a terrifying prospect. Modern technology allows us to instantly chat with people all over the globe, when those lines of communication suddenly disappear, panic can set in quickly – especially for the unprepared.

We have been conditioned to expect a text response in mere seconds from our children, spouse, or elderly parents. When no quote bubble appears on our iPhone screens after a “Where are you? Are you alright?” question is posed, the mind immediately imagines the worst.

Even the most mundane weather emergency can erase all the technological leaps and bounds we have made in the past decade.

 It doesn’t take much to temporarily thwart cell phone signals – certainly nothing as dramatic as an EMP, nuclear strike, or solar flare. Cell signals can be downed by non-newsworthy events like a heavy snowfall, torrential rains or even plain old equipment failures.    

Maintaining a low-tech method of emergency communication with family members so you can guide them away from danger will reduce panic and allow those away from home to focus on the task at hand – getting to safety.