US Power Grid

US Power Grid

In the context of modern survival, electricity (the lack thereof) is near the top of the list of risks to our way of life, as it feeds systems that the majority of the population rely upon for their very survival.

If you really stop and think about the essence of what would or could cause real and life-threatening disaster, the loss of electricity or power grid failure is near or at the top of the list. It wouldn’t take much more than just a few days without electricity in major populous regions to bring on chaos and desperation.

Given the current heat wave that is occurring across much of the US at this time (yes, it is summer time), and the main-stream-media is reporting on the records and power consumption, it may be interesting to view some of the facts regarding the US power grid, where the power comes from, and what the power sources are that keep the systems of modern life running.

US Power Grid Sources Map
Nuclear, Coal, Gas, Hydro, Oil

US Power Plants Map
Nuclear, Coal, Gas, Hydro, Oil

What can you do to reduce your dependency upon the power grid? First, think about what supplies and services would not be available given a large scale power outage (the answer is, just about everything). You could stock up on extra food and water, you may consider sources of supplemental power such as solar, wind, battery backup, your own fossil fuel storage, propane – gas refrigeration, generator power, or other means of cooking, preparing food, preserving – storing food, access to water, sanitation, and countless other necessities of life.

Contemplate adapting for a period of time without electricity and think about what you would need to get by without it. Preparing for a short time, even a week or two, isn’t that difficult. Preparing for longer than a few weeks requires much more preparation, and the consideration of the likelihood that mass chaos and desperation will develop in your region.

The preparedness process begins by simply thinking about it…

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  1. Good article and very cool maps. And, as much as I am NOT a huge fan of Texas, I do admire them for having their own power grid… however, that came about.

  2. As a former US Marine I can survive when the power grids go down. But the country I helped to protect will not. It’s sad that most of the people do not know what can and will happen eventually. I don’t know anyone that can survive without there cell phone. The way I see it the only way of communication would be a old time CB radio. We keep taking from Mother Earth and not giving back anything but trash and burying it. I’m 56 so I won’t be around to see it and don’t want to. Bottom line is we take every thing for granted.
    Wish every one the best

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