Published On: Wed, Jan 4th, 2017

Power Grid Problems: Practical Pointers for Preparing for a Long-Term Blackout

The power grid could go down for any reason and at any time. It could be due to natural events like a storm or for other reasons like a system failure or even cyber terrorism. The fact is, when it goes down, you will need to know how to deal with the situation.

Blackouts that last a few hours might be no problem. But what about blackouts that last for days or even weeks? Here are some tips on how to prepare for a long-term blackout so you can deal with it effectively.

Stockpile Food, Water, and Fuel

When it comes to learning basic prepper skills, ensuring a supply of food and water is the most important.

If a blackout lasts for many days, it could lead to civil unrest. There could be widespread looting, and getting food after the blackout may not be the best option, so it’s always good to have it in advance to avoid problems.

This is something you can prepare for by stockpiling water, food, and fuel, which you might use for your generator or for your vehicle should you decide to get away.

Put a Plan Together

Panic and frustration can make the days following a blackout very difficult, and that’s why it’s always best to have a plan in place in advance. This could include everything from where you will all sleep to how you will prepare food.

Also, stock sanitation supplies and plan how you will all keep clean if the water supply is affected. You may also want to dig a latrine in the yard.

Stay in Contact

Buy a battery-powered radio or a wind-up radio, and you will be able to use this to tune into broadcasts so you can find out what is going on outside. Don’t rely on your phones, TV, or any of the other ways you normally keep yourself informed.

Stock Up on Flashlights and Candles

When it gets dark, you’ll need to be able to find your way around. Keep enough flashlights for every member of your family, including flashlights that strap to your head, which will free up your hands. Also stock up on plenty of candles.

Keep Warm

The cold can be a real danger if the power goes, so make sure you have enough to keep yourself warm. This usually means stocking up on plenty of blankets, enough for all the members of your family.

You may also want to consider another heat source such as a fire. If you have a fireplace in your home, stock up on wood or coal to last you a few weeks.

Keep Your First-Aid Kit Fully Stocked

A good first-aid kit will be essential, so keep one in your home and stock it up with all the essentials. Make sure you check it every few months to ensure nothing is out of date.

Stay Comfortable When the Lights Go Off

A blackout is a very real threat, especially if you live in an area where storms are common. Don’t suffer unnecessarily during a blackout, and prepare properly for any eventuality using these tips. Following these simple steps could make all the difference when the lights go off, so don’t let you and your family be caught unprepared.

By Conrad Novak. “As the Editor of Survivor’s Fortress, I’m committed to providing you with the most accurate and up-to-date tips and information to help you become more self-reliant and keep you prepared for whatever life throws at you.”