A great starting point for someone who is just getting started on a preparedness journey is prepping specifically for a two-week power outage. To prepare for a two week emergency, think about what you would need if the power went out and you couldn’t leave your home for 14 days. If your power outage takes place in the winter and you live in a colder climate, heat is another necessity. Even if you aren’t convinced that hardcore preparedness is for you, it would still be difficult to argue against the possibility of a disaster that takes out the power for a couple of weeks. Also keep in mind that summer stresses our fragile power grid to the max, as everyone increases their usage of electricity to try and keep cool with air conditioners and fans. Back in 2003, a software bug caused an extremely widespread power outage in the middle of August. On of the most serious concerns that sets apart a summer power outage from that of other times of the year is the heat.
For electrolyte replacement, Tess Pennington offers these recipes for DIY rehydration powders that you can add to drinks. If a power outage lasts for more than 4 hours, you need to err on the side of caution with regard to refrigerated and frozen food. According to the Red Cross, if your freezer is half-filled and is not opened the entire time that the power is out, the food in it will remain sufficiently frozen for up to 24 hours.


Another way to combat the potential losses of a long-term sumer power outage is to use other methods for preserving your feed.
If a power-outage looks like it’s going to be lasting for quite some time, you can be proactive if you have canning supplies on hand and a propane burner, and you can pressure can your meat outdoors to preserve it.
Many preparedness concerns are the same, no matter what time of the year your power outage occurs.
Other options are long-burning candles or kerosene lamps,  but during a summer outage they would be less desirable, since they add heat to an already overly warm situation. After all, in the summer, you don’t have to worry about freezing to death, which is a very real threat during a long-lasting winter outage. Be sure to check it out HERE – there are some suggestions on keeping your house cool naturally that will help in the event of a power outage. Because of the issue with the software, engineers were not alerted of this, and what should have been a small local outage turned into an event that took out power for over 10 million Canadians and 45 million Americans.
The premise of the show from the website is “the story of a national power failure in the United States caused by a cyber-attack — told in real time, over 10 days, by those who kept filming on cameras and phones.” I have high hopes for this show and genuinely hope to learn new things and gain fresh insights from the portrayal of these events.
If nothing else, I hope the situations they present inspire and motivate others to be more prepared if we are ever faced with a situation like this.Even if we aren’t ever the victim of any cyber-attack that takes down the electrical grid, power outages do happen all of the time.
Knowing what you need to have to weather an outage and having a plan for living through the power disruption is important.


Good items are the absolute minimum you need for a given scenario which so happens in this case to be our power outage. I have also created a free downloadable power blackout checklist that you can print out, stick on your fridge and monitor your progress as you acquire these provisions or carry this with you to the store to make sure nothing is missed from your preps.We will be using the same assumption that National Geographic is using for American Blackout and that is a 10 day power outage. We will assume that for the duration of this power outage, you are able to shelter in place and aren’t forced to leave your home. I probably won’t go into some of the situations we as a country could be faced with in the aftermath of something like this, but in terms of basic survival we should have all the bases covered.There is no more powerA power blackout from a cyber-attack will not be announced. An attack either on systems that deliver power to our homes or from an EMP attack will come without warning.
As with anything flammable, candles and oil lamps should be used carefully and not while anyone is sleeping.CookingYou quickly find out how much we take for granted during a power outage at two points. Fortunately, the Prepper Journal has articles on just about every one of these subjects so the information is here.
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