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Preparing for and Surviving a Power Outage

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We've all experienced them. We will again. California now has rolling power outages due to wildfires. They can happen on their own or as part of another problem such as storm, blizzard, earthquake, hurricane, tornado or cyber attack. How should you be prepared? What to do once it happens?

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Preparing for and Surviving a Power Outage

  1. 1. Preparing For and Surviving THE GREEN BERET PREPARATION AND SURVIVAL GUIDE
  2. 2. Power Outage Causes Power outages can occur at any time for a variety of reasons. It’s not just downed power lines. The power grid is vulnerable to computer virus attack. Electricity is vulnerable to electro-magnetic pulse (EMP) from either a nuclear explosion or a solar flare. We’ll cover what to do before, during, and after an outage.
  3. 3. What to do to prepare for a Power Outage It’s too late to prepare once the outage occurs. After every extended outage, most people list these following items as things they wished they had.
  4. 4. Keep a flashlight within reach of your bed. I recommend battery power for emergencies rather than rechargeable since you can’t recharge in an outage. Below is an inexpensive D-Battery light; and a single AAA light I keep in a sheath with my Leatherman Click on image. Flashlight & Spare Batteries
  5. 5. Battery powered lanterns. A battery powered headlamp so you can use your hands. Candles are dangerous. Light
  6. 6. If an outage is widespread, your pumping station might also lose power. Also, your heating and air conditioning are dependent on power. For an extended outage, you need enough water for at least three days. Minimum is one gallon per person, per day. Double that for warm climates. 8 average 500ml water bottles is just over one gallon. A case of water (24 bottles) is the minimum three days supply per person. I recommend two cases per person. WATER
  7. 7. A water filter can be a life-saver. Even the water from our tap can be contaminated. The one on the left is a pump filter. The one on the right works with gravity. Click on images for links. WATER
  8. 8. Non-perishables for three days minimum. Food that doesn’t require refrigeration. Don’t have food that will make you thirsty. Plan for infants and special dietary requirements. Keep separate and out of normal food rotation. Note expiration dates. Click on image for a good supply from the company that made our Long Range Patrol meals in Special Forces. It’s what we have on hand and in our grab-n-go bags. Also good for camping. FOOD
  9. 9. Power outages often accompany emergencies and disasters. Cell phone service and cable TV can be disrupted. Even if you have cell phone coverage, you might not be able to charge your phone. The device below includes a cell phone/USB charger and flashlight. . Click on image for link. Portable battery/solar/crank survival radio. $24.99
  10. 10. There are plenty of prepared ones you can buy. Below is a very basic one. Click on image for link. First Aid Kit $15.97 THE GREEN BERET PREPARATION AND SURVIVAL GUIDE
  11. 11. When power is out ATMs won’t work Store computer systems will have crashed. It will be a cash environment for a while. Until it’s a Zombie environment. I’d have you click on image, but instead, go to your ATM now. CASH
  12. 12. While we’re all going cellular or wireless, a plugged in landline still works during a power outage. Landline
  13. 13. Do you know where the manual release on your garage door is and how to use it? Don’t run your car in a close garage for heating, cooling, or to charge phones. Always keep your car at least half topped off. Gas stations rely on electricity to pump. In an extended outage, a shortage of gasoline is always a factor. If any of your medical devices require power, make sure you have a back up. Power Outage
  14. 14. DURING a Power Outage
  15. 15. Shuffle away from downed lines, with your feet close together and in constant contact with the ground. When a live wire hits the ground, power goes in all directions. The voltage decreases with distance. Water is a powerful conductor of electricity, so stay away from wet spots. Never drive over a downed line. Even if it doesn’t have power, it can become entangled in your car. Downed Power Lines
  16. 16. Do you have a way to keep warm in cold weather or cool in hot weather without power? A fireplace? Do you use gas or propane for heating? Do you know how to manually start the pilot light if its an electric igniter? In either situation close all shades. Go lower for cool; a basement is best. Do not use gas grills inside. For heat, wear clothes in layers. Never use your oven as a source of heat. Heating and Cooling
  17. 17. Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed. An unopened fridge will keep food closed for several hours. An unopened freezer that is full will keep for almost 48 hours. Food
  18. 18. Turn off or disconnect appliances and electric equipment that could be damaged by a power surge when the power comes back on. Disconnect and turn off
  19. 19. Generators are like car engines. The more power you draw from them, the faster they use fuel. Turn off all non-essential items drawing power. A portable generator must be vented. NEVER run one inside your house. Make sure the vent isn’t close to an intake in the house. Generators
  20. 20. AFTER a Power Outage
  21. 21. Throw away frozen food that has thawed or that has an unusual texture, odor, or color. Check with your doctor if medications have spoiled. Restock your emergency supplies. After
  22. 22. Print Book Free downloadable Powerpoint slideshows on survival, history writing, and interesting information is available HERE
  23. 23. The guide on the left is a complete preparation and survival guide. The one on the right is a pocket-size manual focusing on survival essentials.
  24. 24. New York Times bestselling author, graduate of West Point and former Green Beret. He’s had over 75 books published, including the #1 bestselling series Green Berets, Shadow Warriors, Time Patrol, Area 51, and Atlantis. Born in the Bronx and having traveled the world he now lives peacefully with his wife and dogs. Sort of. www.bobmayer.com

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