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How To Survive A Three Day Electric Blackout
Doesn't sound much does it...
Just three days without electricity. Can't be that difficult to get by.?
Well you would think so wouldn't you?
Let me tell you this - having no electricity for just three days will disrupt your lifestyle like you'd never believe!
Yes. it really is something we all need to prepare for. Just a simple 3 day blackout means being prepared..
Experiencing a general electrical power outage is annoying and then becomes a real problem when the power is still not coming back after several hours and then blends into days!
But, of course, if you were ready and well prepared – it really won’t be too much of a stress, right?
The odd 'inconvenient' disaster may cause an occasional blackout, and that, in turn, can even mean water interruption.
When all of your household electrical appliances are not working, it's a different scenario.
But your family should still be able to operate and thus to continue to live your “normally” lifestyle: to be able to cook and eat, drink, take a shower, and be comfortable.
This comfortable existence can rapidly go downhill when the power continues to stay out for more than a day.
Just a side note here folks:
I am talking from experience here - I have deliberately shut off the electrical power supply to my home for 3 days to see how I would cope.
As preppers, I think it is something you should do as well - practice, practice, practice - even if it's a bit uncomfortable..!
The big picture means no power to everything - even emergency services - they are prepared, with generators, fuel etc, but that wont effect you.
They are for emergency services only.
Shops wont be able to sell unless you have cash, but you can't draw cash out because the ATMs have no power and wont work either.
No fuel for you car as the pumps wont work.
Most emergency battery backup only lasts for 24 hours before giving up.
You might be able to grab yourself some food from restaurants (but only if they have emergency power)
Supplies like torches & batteries will be in great demand (if the shops have any left)
"And of course, the biggest nightmare of all for modern man - no internet..!
No mobile phone communication either, no Facebook, no twitter, no nothing.!
My goodness, we will have teenagers across the country banging their heads against the walls, and jumping off cliffs.!"
If you haven't prepared, you'll be one of the thousands suffering, standing in line.
Or far more likely, be afraid to venture out as the nutters will be busy looting and stealing from shops.
So this article is designed to look at what is really needed in order for you and your family to survive those 3 days without needing to venture out too much, and survive without electricity with far less stress.
Medication & First Aid
This is high up on you preparedness list.
If you are someone who needs daily medication to keep you alive and well, then make very sure you have a good supply.
Most will have far more than three days supply - but don't neglect medication.
May sure you have emergency medical training - this is a very important part of prepping in general.
Know the 3 basic skills of how to treat life threatening emergencies.
- How To Stop Servere Bleeding
- Life Threatening Shock
If you don't have these skills: then get some training now.
Someone will thank you for it one day, I can assure you of that.
It is very likely that following full electrical failure there will be water shut off at the main pumping stations.
Make sure you’ve got enough stored water in you supplies for both drinking and sanitation.
One gallon per person, per day, is generally considered the minimum requirement here.
One of the better ways to ensure safe, clean drinking water is by having a good, high quality water filter.
Not the general worktop tap filter, or jug type. But a filter bottle designed and tested to give you clean, safe drinking water.
I highly recommend the filter system by Water-To-Go.
I have full reviews with video tests here - Water Filter Purification Bottle
Food & Cooking
As we are talking a three day blackout here, there should be no need to start using any of your stored emergency food supply whatsoever..
Your first move is to access you actual current level of food - especially refrigerated and frozen foods.
Then access your general stored foods, the cans and packets you have in your cupboards.
Now this is going to vary considerably from person to person, so is quite difficult to estimate generally.
As a single person living in a flat, your personal food cupboards are probably quite bare, compared to a family of four where one person does the shopping and has a variety of foods to make different meals etc.
Also you storage capacity is going to be very different, even down to having two freezers and a large fridge, compared to maybe a small fridge for just the important stuff.
The first thing you need to think about is the food currently in the fridge.
Establish a list of foods that will spoil quickly when the temperature begins to rise and make them the foods you cook and eat first.
Meat can spoil quickly, as well as harbour a host of bacteria if allowed to warm up.
Other foods in the fridge may last longer - veggies, fruit etc.
But the next problem that arises is the fact that you may have to cook the food first.
If you only have an electric cooker, hob, microwave etc. then your going to have problems.
As preppers we should all have several means of cooking our food on.
Propane stove or charcoal grill (BBQ),plus various other survival stoves. [like the one shown here]
When there is no electricity, everything is in blackout. During the night there will be no residual light to take away the pitch blackness of the nighttime.
If you have ever been anywhere really rural or properly away from civilization, you'd be amazed at how really dark it is.
Without this residual lighting, trying to do anything at nighttime is very difficult.
A head-torch is the bear minimum you should have to hand.
I suggest a decent one as well,
Certainly an LED headtorch, as this will give much better performance and longer life.
I have a full video review of the one I use here: Best LED Headtorch
Your next best alternative is using glow sticks.
- Using glow sticks is much much safer than using candles.
- You get a far better 360 degree light from glow sticks
- The can be hung up high to give better light coverage
- They last up to 12 hours
- No safety issues
Glow Sticks are available in all colours, but generally the white or green light is the best for blackout conditions.
Although I do have a few emergency candles, I think the glow stick is a better option.
They work out at a reasonable price of below £1 each for the 12 hour military grade ones shown here.
Here's a quick link to Amazon to compare types and prices: Amazon Glow Sticks
A normal/standard torch for everyone in the house is also required. Make sure it is a LED torch, doesn't need to be anything fancy, as we are talking three nights here, but make sure you have spare batteries!
A blackout in the winter months can present its own specific problems. If it's deep in the winter months, even opening an outside door will mean a drop in temperature inside your home.
So, it is important to try to make one room the main area for living and sleeping in, for everyone.
Do anything to keep it warm, keep the curtains pulled closed and hang blankets across windows and doors. These are areas of high heat loss, so insulate as much as possible.
If you can insulate a room well, then additional heating should be a lot easier and simpler.
The human body gives off approximately 100Watts per hour on average. So a few people in a well insulated room can contribute to warming the room up. Therefore a simple heater will work well at heating that room to a livable temperature.
A portable heater like this is ideal;
See Price From Amazon Here
Essentially prepping for a short blackout is pretty straightforward.
The only other thing I would add is to make it a fun experience - just like a camping holiday but at home. Especially if you have kids.
Happy Prepping Folks, Steve
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