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Potential Causes for Economic Collapse and How to Prepare

Potential Causes for Economic Collapse and How to Prepare

February 25, 2021 | Black Swan Events National Events Power Outages | 0 Comments

As much as we’d like to trust that our economy is safe, history shows that’s not always the case. Moreover, scientists and financial experts have identified multiple weak points in our economy that are ripe for collapse.  That may be why an Axios study found, “Nearly nine in 10 Americans...

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Blackouts in Brazil: How to Prepare for the Possibility of Darkness

Blackouts in Brazil: How to Prepare for the Possibility of Darkness

January 20, 2021 | Power Outages Survival Tools and Gear | 0 Comments

Imagine you are riding an underground subway of a major metropolitan city when you are suddenly plunged into darkness as the train comes to a screeching halt, trapping you for hours. For many people in Brazil, this frightening scenario has happened more than once. Brazil has a history of random...

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What Happens in the Days after a Disaster?

What Happens in the Days after a Disaster?

October 08, 2020 | Natural Disasters Power Outages | 0 Comments

We tend to focus on the disaster itself, but the actual disaster is not what we really should be worried about. It is the days following a disaster that will test us. Not only do we have to survive the hurricane, fire, or flood, but we must also survive the...

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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 | Natural Disasters Power Outages | 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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How People Got Creative with the PG&E Blackouts

How People Got Creative with the PG&E Blackouts

October 25, 2019 | Power Outages Survival Hacks | 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 | Emergency Meal Prep Power Outages Survival Tools and Gear | 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 | Power Outages | 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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The Coming Blackout: What You Need to Know

The Coming Blackout: What You Need to Know

July 17, 2019 | Power Outages | 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 | Power Outages | 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 | National Events Natural Disasters Power Outages | 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 | National Events Power Outages | 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 | Food Shortages National Events Power Outages | 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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