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.