Prepare For A Grid-Down Scenario

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On Nov. 13-14, America’s major electricity generating companies along with the FBI, Department of Homeland Security and government agencies in Canada and Mexico will conduct a drill to test system responses to cyberattacks and physical attacks on the North American electrical grid that cause its widespread failure.

The drill is called GridEx II, and it moves the threat of a total electrical blackout that sends the country back into the 19th century from the stuff of science fiction and/or tinfoil hattery to the mainstream. According to The New York Times, the drill is designed to:

practice for a crisis unlike anything the real grid has ever seen, and more than 150 companies and organizations have signed up to participate.

“This is different from a hurricane that hits X, Y and Z counties in the Southeast and they have a loss of power for three or four days,” said the official in charge of the drill, Brian M. Harrell of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, known as NERC. “We really want to go beyond that.”

One goal of the drill… is to explore how governments would react as the loss of the grid crippled the supply chain for everyday necessities.

Should the grid collapse, those with medical conditions requiring machines to keep them alive or stable could be in trouble quickly, but most people could easily survive without power for two or three days. It’s not unusual for major storms to knock out power for that long. But longer-term power outages turn into desperate situations as water and food run low and/or generators run out of fuel. Google Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy to see how some people fared during long-term localized outages.

A nationwide outage would quickly become catastrophic. Communications would be down; water and sewer wouldn’t function; the supply chain would stop, causing grocery shelves to be rendered bare within hours; and the banking system would crash. Government services, often overwhelmed with localized outages, would be completely inadequate.

Within days, the weak and infirm would be dead from dehydration. Those living hand-to-mouth or subsisting on government handouts would become desperate, and rioting and looting would become rampant. Look to recent food stamp riots and headlines following Black Friday shopping madness incidents for a look at how quickly people turn into animals when they feel they are being deprived or unfairly treated over even the most trivial of things.

If the grid stays down for weeks or longer, civilization as we understand it will break down completely as more people become thirsty, hungry and increasingly desperate.

Government functionaries and electric company talking heads have said for many years that the electrical grid is vulnerable to terrorist attack. One of the GridEx II scenarios has a person breaking into a substation as if to steal copper but instead uploading a virus that shuts down the system. But the grid is also in danger from an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) weapon attack or even solar flares.

Experts say a Carrington-class major solar flare event would fry the entire electrical grid. A Carrington-class ejection is a reference to the 1859 EMP that melted telegraph lines in Europe and North America.

I have been writing about the need for preparedness for years. My advice continues to be that everyone have at a bare minimum three days of food and water on hand. But even better, everyone should have a three months’ supply. For instructions on how to accomplish that, go here or buy my book, How to Survive the Collapse of Civilization.

In addition to food and water, guns and ammunition, alternative sources for heating and cooking, personal hygiene items, food for pets, junk silver (pre-1965 U.S. dimes, quarters, half dollars and dollars) and gold are necessities.

The GridEx II drill has many in the prepper world atwitter. They see the drill as a dangerous opportunity/excuse for the grid to crash and martial law to be established. The angst is fueled by the fact that major events (9/11, Sandy Hook, Boston Marathon bombing, etc.) have historically coincided with government agencies conducting drills simulating the actual events. Combine that with the National Geographic Channel’s recent airing of “American Blackout” and it makes for a perfect storm of propaganda meets excuse.

Note from the Editor: Round two of the financial meltdown is predicted to reach global proportions, already adversely affecting Greece, Spain and most of Europe. It appears less severe in the states because our banks are printing useless fiat currency. I’ve arranged for readers to get two free books—Surviving a Global financial Crisis and Currency Collapse, plus How to Survive the Collapse of Civilization—to help you prepare for the worst. Click here for your free copies.

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Bob Livingston

founder of Personal Liberty Digest™, is an ultra-conservative American author and editor of The Bob Livingston Letter™, in circulation since 1969. Bob has devoted much of his life to research and the quest for truth on a variety of subjects. Bob specializes in health issues such as nutritional supplements and alternatives to drugs, as well as issues of privacy (both personal and financial), asset protection and the preservation of freedom.

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  • Mr. Mike

    Well I feel sorry for you city folk. I have tried to tell people to get out of the city for years. Most of us out here in rural America, can food and always prepare for bad situations. I was raised to always have several years worth of food, because the next year may not be as prosperous. In fact I generally rotate my garden, so I always grow and can 2 years worth of most of what I grow. Also most of us raise our own meat, and game is generally abundant. Although when times get tight it is usually wiped out. My parents told me that during the Great Depression (in which both grew up in) that most game was hunted out. I guess that growing up in those times they learned what hard times were and carried on important knowledge that they passed on to their children. My mother was from West Virginia and my father was from Kentucky. I guess it’s like the song say’s “County folk can survive”.

    • Blank Reg

      And….where do you exactly live again….?

      • Nov111805 .

        THAT was to funny Blank! Ya hopin’ to crash the party? LOL LOL……I also have “enough” ……. I am not as prepared as Mr. Mike but would do “ok” for a couple of months…..even a few months if things got totally dicey. You should at least have water in storage, a single propane burner for cooking……a way to have a fire to cook (think cast iron….it’s wonderful) and flour and yeast for bread. Basic stuff but important.

        • Vis Fac

          Those who were not members of any scouting organization will be sucking hind teat. For we are prepared we know survival skills and can live off the land.

          Stocking up canning and gardening also keeping livestock is a sure way to survive.

          City folk will perish within a month or two some being victims others starving.

          To sit back hoping that someday, some way, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the wolf hoping he will eat you last – but eat you he will.

          You don’t have to be a Marine to make a difference the only requirement is being truly patriotic and the willingness to back it up!!!

          Libertas inaestimabilis res est
          Semper-Fi

        • Mel

          3CUPS self rising flour. 12ounces beer. Half cup sugar. Bake at 375 about 40 min. Best lazy girl beer bread ever Just mix together in bowl. Put in loaf pan and bake at. 5 min prep time

    • Nadzieja Batki

      If everybody moved from the cities to the country, the same problems would be created as in crowding, crime, wait times, bad roads, etc.. Think things through to their logical ends.

      • Al Chemist

        No problem. Very, very few people will move out of those big cities…until the SHTF. Then, they might try. Then it will be too late.

    • Vis Fac

      I’m with you brother.

      To sit back hoping that someday, some way, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the wolf hoping he will eat you last – but eat you he will.

      You don’t have to be a Marine to make a difference the only requirement is being truly patriotic and the willingness to back it up!!!

      Libertas inaestimabilis res est
      Semper-Fi

  • Warrior

    Don’t forget to add your “favorite progressive” to your survival list. When the lights come back on, things will look a whole lot brighter!

    • Vis Fac

      I will as my favorite progressive will be my early warning device I’ll hear the screams as others clamor over their carcass trying to get to my stores.

      To sit back hoping that someday, some way, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the wolf hoping he will eat you last – but eat you he will.

      You don’t have to be a Marine to make a difference the only requirement is being truly patriotic and the willingness to back it up!!!

      Libertas inaestimabilis res est
      Semper-Fi

  • dan

    ….I pay over 30% of my bill to have my meter read and then 20% for taxes and fees.
    I have solar backup, but that is little solace during the cloudy and stormy days of November…and December….but,hey,I’m getting a 1.8% raise !
    it could be worse…I might not have a full propane bottle and heat with non-EPA approved wood and enough ‘staples’ to make it until spring. It’s worked so-far.

    • Vis Fac

      Dan Photo Voltaic power is nice to have if you have a backup source. I do not have that option as I am off grid. During cloudy days when the sun is less than 100% efficient I have a bank of batteries for reserve power then again I have an LPG generator and and ample fuel should I need it.

      To sit back hoping that someday, some way, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the wolf hoping he will eat you last – but eat you he will.

      You don’t have to be a Marine to make a difference the only requirement is being truly patriotic and the willingness to back it up!!!

      Libertas inaestimabilis res est
      Semper-Fi

      • dan

        Just watched a couple of bicycle /pedal units…one a permanent magnet and one an alternator (requires a small 12V source and a smattering more electronics knoweledge) fron offthegrid.com/you-tube
        Now , if i could just peddal a bike,lol. Thought about an LPG…
        and I’ve got an old Signal Corp Surplus Generator in the barn that will take care of the neighborhood if we can get it running and the winding insulation holds up….it’s too much generator for just me (unless I start broadcasting )

        • Vis Fac

          As you know there is no such thing as perpetual motion and nothing lasts forever. You need to produce at least 110% of the nominal output of the device to provide “efficient” power stop the input everything quits. Photo voltaic from silicon panes is at best 85% efficient. converting the DC to AC is at best 60% efficient which is why you need at least 30% more panels to compensate for conversion and hysteresis loss. As I am off grid I have a sizable battery bank for reserve. I have several large capacity 6V 225 AH batteries (the kind they have in golf carts) these are deep cycle batteries and store a considerable amount of joules (juice) I have 20 such batteries wired in a series parallel configuration to a sizable inverter. In an emergency we have a 25K LPG generator this can handle my shortwave set when necessary.

          To sit back hoping that someday, some way, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the wolf hoping he will eat you last – but eat you he will.

          You don’t have to be a Marine to make a difference the only requirement is being truly patriotic and the willingness to back it up!!!

          Libertas inaestimabilis res est
          Semper-Fi

          • dan

            ever given the nickle-iron Edison batteries a try ?
            I believe that was the backup for telephone systems …

          • Vis Fac

            nickel metal-hydride not nickel iron more expensive but more than worth the cost lasts 50 times longer.

            To sit back hoping that someday, some way, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the wolf hoping he will eat you last – but eat you he will.

            You don’t have to be a Marine to make a difference the only requirement is being truly patriotic and the willingness to back it up!!!

            Libertas inaestimabilis res est
            Semper-Fi

      • Quester55

        F/R., Don’t tell anyone, This Secret, When the power goes out, Most Phone lines still generate aprox.47 Volts DC. over the phone lines! it’s Enough to power a small work light (12V>) if you can rig a Transformer to handle it., But you didn’t hear it from me!

      • Quester55

        F/R., Don’t tell anyone, This Secret, When the power goes out, Most Phone lines still generate aprox.47 Volts DC. over the phone lines! it’s Enough to power a small work light (12V>) if you can rig a Transformer to handle it., But you didn’t hear it from me!

        • Vis Fac

          Most Phone lines Do provide 47.4 VDC however when all power goes our so does power to the phone company. They don’t generate their own power but transform the ACV they get from the electric company to 47.4 ACV then using rectification convert the ACV to DCV. You will need to use some resistance and a shunt to lower the 47.4 DCV to a usable DCV to operate the 12V light you can use the 47.4 DCV on four 12 DCV wired in series and be OK But using one 12 DCV the light will be quite bright for a brief period then burn out post haste. You didn’t hear this from me but I am a mechanical/electrical/structural engineer.

          To sit back hoping that someday, some way, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the wolf hoping he will eat you last – but eat you he will.

          You don’t have to be a Marine to make a difference the only requirement is being truly patriotic and the willingness to back it up!!!

          Libertas inaestimabilis res est
          Semper-Fi

          • Scott

            I would only add that just because the grid goes down – doesn’t mean the CO is down. They are inherently designed as hardened facilities with backup generators. When the fuel runs out – now you have a problem

    • Robert Messmer

      Is there EPA approved wood?

  • 4lifeandfreedom

    Any coincidence with the 12-15 diameter fireball riding the power lines in a Canadian area, knocking out power that will not be up and going for a time?

  • buddman

    Don’t forget ammo and weapons once the morons find out mcdonalds is closed they will steel your stuff Aim center Massss

    • Vis Fac

      That’s OK by me the nearest McDonald’s is more than 50 miles for me.

      I prefer a head shot there is a lot less of a chance of body armor.

      To sit back hoping that someday, some way, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the wolf hoping he will eat you last – but eat you he will.

      You don’t have to be a Marine to make a difference the only requirement is being truly patriotic and the willingness to back it up!!!

      Libertas inaestimabilis res est
      Semper-Fi

  • Quester55

    So I have just ten days of LIFE SUPPORT, to LIVE before the Gov. Pulls the Plug? Wonderful, Look at the MILLIONS, whom, Like myself, Depend on our Electricity to Live, Will be REMOVED, What will they call it, ” Justifiable Homicide”
    Or Justifiable GENOCIDE, Of Non-Productive Citizen’s ??

  • Kim Craig Dixon

    In answer to some of your retorts
    Yes I would. ..
    And if people are working two jobs and need
    Assistance thats fine. Like most liberals you are painting with a broad brush. I’m referring to the people that get paid to breed and who do not work and have no intention of working.
    Why do they have cars if they have no job?
    I know for a fact of welfare recipients buying food then going over to customer service saying they dont want it they are givencash and go out and buy crack or alcohol or whatever
    Does not seem like they need as much as they receive.