Are You Prepared For a Grid-Down Event?

Are You Prepared For a Grid-Down Event?

( – A grid-down event is quite different from that of a regular power outage. Power outages are usually a local or regional occurrence. However, a grid-down event is typically national and can last for weeks, possibly much longer. These events have happened in the past and are likely to occur in the future. Of particular concern are recent cyberattacks on the US government, which could present a severe threat to our power grid.

As you can see from the video, our grid was at the mercy of hackers. The video also shows the fragility of the nation’s power system. So, the need to be prepared for a grid down event certainly exists. The real question is whether or not you’re ready.

You may not realize how much we’ve come to rely on power for our everyday lives. However, once the grid goes down, reality will set in pretty quickly. For example, you probably won’t have any running water unless the water plants have backup power. For that reason, you will need to stock up on potable water. Otherwise, you’ll need to use the emergency water supply in your home.

Refrigeration will also be non-existent, and you will only have about 4 to 12 hours until stored food items go bad. If you keep opening the fridge to a minimum, the food in the freezer may last two days. Either way, you need to stock up on non-perishable foods and have an alternate way to cook them other than using electricity.

These are only a couple of reasons to prepare for a grid down event. Numerous other challenges accompany a grid-down event. Now is the time to prepare for such an event. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Be sure to check out what you should do first in a power outage.

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