The power grid is one of those things that most of us take for granted, but it's time to acknowledge that it's getting older, reaching capacity and under attack. In the article “Bracing for a big power grid attack: ‘One is too many'“, USA Today states “About once every four days, part of the nation's power grid — a system whose failure could leave millions in the dark — is struck by a cyber or physical attack.” Without a preparedness blueprint in place, most of us would be in bad shape with an extended grid outage. [Read more…] about When the Power Grid Fails – 10 Things You Need to Prepare
As part of our effort to be prepared for everyday emergencies, we went on a hunt for the best cheap flashlight. Our target was a durable, inexpensive high lumen flashlight that we could give to children and not worry if it was lost. It needed to be a flashlight bright enough for a light source during power outages and lighting around the yard at night.
It's winter, and you always *planned* to get supplies if the power went out. Now it's below zero and the power just failed. What do you do for emergency heat during a power outage?
This post contains ideas for winter storm survival while sheltering in your home, but many of the ideas could be adapted for elsewhere, especially the section on cold weather clothing. Plan NOW instead of trying to remember all this when you are freezing and the power is out. [Read more…] about Emergency Heat During a Power Outage and other Winter Storm Preps
There are many possible reasons for an emergency. Some feel likely but in reality are extremely rare. It can be tempting to get caught up in prepping for fire, hurricanes, nuclear bombs and many other things. We want to focus on things that are likely – things that we should prepare for.
We've made a list of risks and how likely they are. This list is based on the National Safety Council website and others sources from around the web. The “odds” or likelihood numbers are estimates only, just to give you a feel for what's real and what's hype.