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What If The Power Went Out?

April 15, 2019 2 min read

Although many people in society make a conscious effort to reduce their carbon footprint, even the most frugal individuals can still find that power needs will present a considerable challenge. This realization becomes even more pronounced for individuals who take the ubiquitous presence of electricity for granted, since this can greatly reduce the appreciation of how much reliance there is on the resource. While many pop culture scenarios consider a number of avenues by which widespread emergency can occur, not all address the impact of a valid power source for both survival and restoration.

Although artificial light, telecommunications, and instant access to information through the internet have enhanced quality of life and the ability to explore greater commerce, these are only ancillary benefits of a reliable power source. What is often forgotten is just how much life, and not just quality of life, really relies upon electricity. Simple tasks like filling a glass with clean water, removing wastes, and maintaining hygiene all become more complicated without power. Feeding loved ones, keeping them warm and protected, and maintaining health are also aspect that will be affected.  

Solutions For Eventualities

Although minor weather emergencies that result in power outages can be felt as an inconvenience, most people do not feel the full effects of what living with the power out can truly mean. This can make it necessary to think about the long-term contingencies that should be accommodated:
  • • Warmth
  • • Food
  • • Water
  • • Protection
When thinking about these factors, the variable of no electricity does need to be factored in. Alternative heat sources such as generators and even wood stoves or fires will still require a fuel source, although some can be easier to maintain than others. While this part of survival attends to some physical needs, it can also provide a secondary resource for sustenance. Heat sources enable people to prepare food, since even long-term food storage kits will require boiling water, but they can also enable potable water, through boiling or distilling. Stocking up on supplies such as long-term food storage kits, water and water containers, and other survival resources is always a good idea, but it is also necessary to consider all of the limitations that can be imposed should wide-spread emergency occur.