Grid Fragility-23/Feb/2021

Hello fellow comrades of this prison planet. I have a few thoughts on the fragility of the power grid and what happened in Texas recently. What a shame. Losing power is never easy for anyone, but losing power in a state that doesn’t usually have to deal with frigid temperatures is much worse. I live in Wisconsin and months of below freezing temperatures is the norm. I have a generator and all the supplies needed in the event of a power loss. I’m also an electrician, so that helps. However, most people are relying on power for every single aspect of their lives and don’t know anything about how it works or what to do if it stops working. Here are some tips in the event of a blackout or prolonged power outage.

Firstly, you need to get a gas powered generator that’s big enough to run your furnace and a couple circuits to operate lights and the fridge/freezer. You need to locate your electrical panel and find out which circuit breakers control your furnace, fridge, well pump, lights, etc. Once you have your circuit breakers labeled it will be easy to find when the power goes out. You can even put some glint tape on those breakers so they’ll glow in the dark. Next you need to figure out how you’re going to feed these circuits with your generator once the power goes out. I would recommend having an electrician install a generator panel with an automatic transfer switch to alleviate any confusion or your part, but it’s possible to do yourself with the right knowledge. Hiring an electrician for this task will be around $1,000 possibly depending on the complexity of your generator and what your electrical panel looks like, but $1,000 now is better than $5,000 later because of busted pipes, ruined sheetrock, and spoiled food.

Once your generator is installed it’s prudent to run some test outages to ensure that everything is working correctly and you know what to do when the real emergency strikes. It’s always better to have trained on the subject and know your tasks prior to the actual disaster or outage occurring. This way when the shit hits the fan, you can calmly locate everything you need and get power up and running quickly. You should also have emergency items ready just in case you are stuck without power for long or for some reason your generator doesn’t start. Some items to include are warm clothing, blankets, gloves, hats, boots, hot hand packages, LED lights, lanterns, candles, batteries, bottled water, spare heat source, etc. I have a kerosene heater in the garage that could heat up the family in an emergency that doesn’t require electricity.

The biggest item you need to prepare is your mind. Getting into the mindset that you are capable of taking care of yourself and don’t need to rely on the government or state to keep you warm, safe, and fed is a big confidence boost. Just like the old story of the grasshopper and the ant, it’s better to be prepared for winter before it comes rather than sunbathe all summer wasting time hoping that others will save you. The person that’s coming to save you is YOU. Once you realize that it’s easier to get prepared and stay prepared in the event of an emergency.

Conclusion; The power grid is fragile at best. Take time now while you still have power and money to get prepared for future outages. Realize your own independence and take pride in your own self reliance. It’s nice to have power and water and everything else that comes with an industrialized society, but realize how quickly things can change once those luxuries fail. Prepare now while the sun shines.


Published by dk2099


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