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Surviving a Year-Long Blackout: Lessons from Puerto Rico & the USVI

Surviving a Year-Long Blackout: Lessons from Puerto Rico & the USVI

August 20, 2020 | | 0 Comments

The recent power grid collapse in Texas wasn't just a one-time event. It was a warning: our system of power delivery is more vulnerable than most people know. A single major disaster—a cyber attack, a solar flare, or a few big hurricanes all hitting in a row—could set off a chain...

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Living like the Amish: Lessons for Life without Electricity

Living like the Amish: Lessons for Life without Electricity

February 18, 2020 | | 0 Comments

With a population of about a quarter million within the U.S., the Amish are a protestant group descended from European Anabaptists who immigrated to the USA in the 1700s to escape persecution. If you’ve ever spent time in or driven through rural parts of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, and other states,...

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How People Got Creative with the PG&E Blackouts

How People Got Creative with the PG&E Blackouts

October 25, 2019 | | 0 Comments

The devastating California wildfires in 2018 left communities reeling, hundreds homeless, and dozens dead. Although natural weather factors were certainly a factor, downed power lines operated by utility companies like Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) were partly to blame. In fact, PG&E has said that one of its transmission lines...

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Survival Cooking When the Power Is Out

Survival Cooking When the Power Is Out

September 27, 2019 | | 0 Comments

When it comes to disaster planning, knowing how to cook your food is an important piece of the puzzle. If disaster strikes, you will likely have to adapt your methods used for meal preparation--and cooking is one of them.  Being able to feed your family will ensure that you stay...

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5 Reasons Why Solar Energy Is an Ideal BackUp Power Source

5 Reasons Why Solar Energy Is an Ideal BackUp Power Source

August 22, 2019 | | 0 Comments

Those who are truly prepared understand that, although it may not appear likely, we’re always at risk for worst-case scenarios. A quick look back at recent natural disasters and terrorist attacks shows us how individuals, families, and communities can be put at risk and thrown off track in an instant.  Oftentimes...

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Tales and Tips for Urban Preparedness

Tales and Tips for Urban Preparedness

July 24, 2019 | | 0 Comments

Although we all share similar concerns for our safety and survival, those living a preparedness lifestyle are quite diverse when it comes to age, gender, location, and more. However, by and large, we follow a similar set of guidelines when it comes to preparation.  The setting we live in adds...

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The Coming Blackout: What You Need to Know

The Coming Blackout: What You Need to Know

July 17, 2019 | | 0 Comments

On Saturday, July 13, a large area of New York City plunged into a state of darkness. The blackout lasted for five hours and affected the west side of Manhattan. When 26 theaters were suddenly without power, social media channels were abuzz with videos of various Broadway productions continuing their...

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From Belgium to Japan: Nuclear Blackouts

From Belgium to Japan: Nuclear Blackouts

May 22, 2019 | | 0 Comments

A lot of times, when we talk about issues surrounding nuclear energy, the first worries are typically radioactivity and the threat of nuclear weapons. This is totally understandable--these are very real and intimidating threats to our survival and well-being. However, another topic I’d like to cover today is what happens...

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Planned Power Outages: What You Need to Know

Planned Power Outages: What You Need to Know

May 02, 2019 | | 0 Comments

We’ve written a lot about the devastating outcomes of the recent California wildfires and the choking smoke those events created across many states.  For example, there was a wildfire breakout in 2017 when trees hit PG&E power lines around the Napa area. It burned over 100,000 acres and 1,475 structures....

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Living Through the Venezuelan Blackout: One Resident’s Account

Living Through the Venezuelan Blackout: One Resident’s Account

March 22, 2019 | | 0 Comments

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...

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Surviving Venezuela: Lessons from a Country in Crisis

Surviving Venezuela: Lessons from a Country in Crisis

March 15, 2019 | | 0 Comments

Imagine your power goes out indefinitely for a week. Maybe longer, with no end in sight. Now, imagine that happening to virtually everyone living in your country. While this may have been a mere nightmare in the past,  this was the recent reality in Venezuela.  Venezuela lost power around 5...

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Learning from the Past: Haiti, Mexico City, and Alaska

Learning from the Past: Haiti, Mexico City, and Alaska

February 14, 2019 | | 0 Comments

American journalist Charles Kuralt once said, “It takes an earthquake to remind us that we walk on the crust of an unfinished earth.”  The surface of our planet has 20 plates that are constantly moving--and inevitably, the resulting pressure from these shifting plates causes the crust to break. But when...

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