Last week, we covered the devastating reality of life in Venezuela while the country suffered through the largest power outage in the country’s history (see that Survival Scout, Surviving Venezuela: Lessons From a Country in Chaos).
Looters filled the streets, ATMs were down, and many citizens resorted to drinking polluted water from the city river and sewer. In hospitals, babies were born in the dark, doctor’s performed operations by candlelight, and some 50 people passed away from lack of electricity--most of whom needed dialysis treatments.
At My Patriot Supply, we take any opportunity we can to get firsthand accounts and stories from perilous survival situations. It’s our belief that these stories are critical in instilling the value of preparation for our customers, communities, and nation.
We were able to get in contact with an unnamed (by request for her safety) 28-year-old woman living in Caracas, Venezuela. Though she grew up in and currently lives in Venezuela, she was educated in the United States at an Ivy League university, and fortunately, comes from a family of means in Venezuela. However, no one was left untouched by the situation. She and her family were still affected by the blackout and overall financial and political crisis in Venezuela.
Read on to hear about how she, her family, and her community rallied together in order to survive during the Venezuelan blackout, in our exclusive Q&A below.
This story and information from recent days, directly from an on-the-ground source, is extremely useful for anyone who wants to be prepared for worst-case scenarios. Though we may not experience a blackout to the extent that Venezuela recently did (and still does to a certain extend in some areas with rolling blackouts), there are plenty of events in U.S. history that no one ever expected to happen.
The difference between who will survive and make it through a crisis, and who will depend on Good Samaritans or a government CLAP box (heaven forbid - see our Survival Scout: 30 Million FEMA Meals Never Delivered) will be based upon how prepared and knowledgable you are. Stock up on the essentials now, before disaster strikes.
Preparedness Advisor, My Patriot Supply