While modern societies have a number of amenities that make living easier and more productive, it can sometimes be important to remember that civilizations have survived for centuries without one of the differences that so many people take for granted. Electrical power has created beneficial changes in the way that people operate and the opportunities that are they are offered, but what happens when power grids go down?
Everyone has some experience with a power outage. For most people, these experiences are fairly minimal, like a lightning strike or rolling blackouts that occur when power consumption is at a high level. Modern society sees it as an inconvenience and a frustration, but seems to have the assurance that eventually the lights will come back on, and everything will return to normal.
What happens when the power stays out?
Recent storms have made this a reality for many communities that are located in highly populated and metropolitan areas. Superstorm Sandy had parts of the east coast shut down for nearly two weeks, while Katrina decimated half of a state for even longer. When the power does go out, we recognize how much of our civilized living depends on this resource.
Sadly, many communities do not recognize how this affects survival when the outages are limited to even as much as a few days. Yet, while government emergency preparedness recommends keeping food storage kits and supplies that can last at least three days, recovery is not always as swift.
Stockpiling Is Common Sense
Valley Food Storage does offer short term emergency food kits, which can cover the nutritional needs of one adult for as much as three days. For a household, however, each member of the family should have their own emergency kit, in a long term food storage container that is impervious to water and vermin infestation. Our kits also consider other essentials to survival, such as filtration bottles for a fresh water supply, and ignition devices for heating the water that is needed to prepare the food kits.
Yet, as recent history has shown us, the three day guideline is not always applicable. Although devising a safe shelter space for your family is a good idea, even metro area residents can still think further ahead for keeping their family safe, while still existing in normal social parameters when they exist. The idea of a one month food kit or a three month long food supply takes up little space, even in urban living, and offers the peace of mind that survival does not need to be a struggle.
When recognizing the wisdom of these types of actions it can be helpful to do a bit of creative visualization. Take a look around your living quarters, and at your family, and then truly consider all the areas where having the power on allows for quality of life. This can be an illuminating moment about having a real plan about what to do when the lights go out.