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What to expect when the Grid goes down...are you prepared?

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What to expect when the Grid goes down...are you prepared?
From Survivalblog
Recently, India suffered a massive Grid failure.
670 million people were without power.
That is twice the population of the United States.

What to expect when the grid has been down 7 days.

Two days after Hurricane Katrina hit, New Orleans descended into a state of utter “anarchy.” TWO DAYS. Here’s what happens during day 1-7:

Day 1-3 – Supermarkets only stock enough food and water to last about 3 days for their immediate surrounding areas. What supermarkets will even be open? People are not panicking yet – they believe the power will be on soon.
Day 3-5 – People start to run out of food and water in their homes.
Day 5-7 – Crime rates skyrocket. People begin leaving their homes in search of food and water at any cost.

Surviving a grid down situation

Will you survive a grid down situation?
What to expect when the grid has been down for 7-14 days.

14 days after Katrina devastated New Orleans, the area was called an urban warzone. Snipers were shooting at food and relief aid, bodies were laying in the street, and people were being raped, beaten, and murdered all over New Orleans. A lot of times, it was random acts of violent.

When left unchecked by law, order, and consequences, the human heart will prove the depths of its true depravity. Do not underestimate this. Humans are capable of every horror you could imagine.

Day 7-11 – Gangs start to randomly emerge. Gangs arm themselves with whatever they can find, including your firearms, and begin roaming in search of food and water. Get in their way, and you’ll be killed – and your family likely raped.
Day 11-14 – Police officers begin to turn in their badges. Some even participate in looting, but some head home to defend their own families and attempt to survive. People begin to realize that no help will be coming.

Surviving Gang Violence during a grid down situation.

When SHTF, the true human heart emerges – violent, sinful, hateful, lustful, deprived, and hungry.

What to expect when the grid has been down for 14-30 days.

People are now starting to understand that the power may be out for a long, long time.

Camps and “refugee” locations begin to emerge and anarchy continues
Preppers with solar panels, generators, food, and water will begin to be targeted. If you’re prepping for a grid down scenario, its a good idea not to let a whole lot of people know.
Gangs begin to become stronger and stronger and begin to set up “headquarters” and send systematically send out looting teams to bring back food, water, and anything else they find valuable
A mass exodus from the cities towards rural areas will begin. People will be looking for farmland, livestock, and other food resources. If you live far from highways, great! If not, prepare now to defend off large amounts of people.
You may be tempted to feel more relaxed and slip into a routine. Don’t let your guard down – security will be your most valuable investment.

After about 14 days, millions will leave cities

People will leave cities by the millions looking for ways to survive. Do you live near major highways?
What to expect when the grid has been down for 1 to 3 months.

Humanity will naturally begin to form groups and chains of leadership. Some groups will be acting out of moral values, but most will be acting with no conscience or moral rules. Assume everyone is a threat.
There is not a lot of data that will help anticipate what happens next. Leave your comments below with your thoughts.

Long Term Off-Grid Survival
Posted: 5th July 2012 by Andy Hallinan in Survivalist Preparation, TEOTWAWKI
Tags: electricity, off grid, power, solar, survival

Recently, Washington D.C. and a lot of other areas have been without power due to weather. It looks like they’ll be offline for over 10 days!

Without power, you won’t have the ability to:

Keep perishable items cold
Cook with anything that requires electricity
Adjust your household temperature
Pump water from your well
Use household lighting fixtures

Do you have a plan for what will happen if this happens to you? Do you have a generator or solar panels?

Leave your plans in the comment section below.
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Re: What to expect when the Grid goes down...are you prepared?
I read your last statement, about the solar panels.

Read this article here.

[link to www.naturalnews.com]

Solar Panels will not be of use after the grid goes down, simply because the solar panels rely as well on the grid.

"If the power grid goes offline, your entire grid-tie solar array becomes instantly useless and you can't power a laptop computer even if you have $100,000 worth of solar panels sitting on your roof. In a grid-tie system, they all are instantly shut off."

Though, they have an alternative to this solution.
Check this.

Off-grid solar equipment is in short supply.

"As you probably suspected, the kind of solar equipment used to build off-grid systems -- the kind that function without the power grid -- is in very short supply. Manufacturers in Germany, Japan and China are backordered for months. Free inventory is virtually zero. Install times for new systems can now stretch out as long as six months in some cities."

And there's problems with this too.

"Yes, even off-grid systems are vulnerable to solar flares and EMP attacks."