I have written about this long ago, but it is worth doing again, I suppose: Now that we’re on the cusp of a weekend, with absolutely no warning whatsoever, go home and did connect your landline, turn off your power at the main breaker, and shut off your water.
The cell phone battery comes out, too. In other words, a complete two-day exercise of being disconnected from the grid and all municipal services.
I can assure you, at the end of this simple “personal preparedness test” your thoughts about prepping will be different. But don’t stop there: Assume you have a bigger problem than even no water or power (or cell phone) to help you. Now toss in a small cloud of radiation working its way through your area. That’s when the real fun begins.
We have been thinking a lot about this kind of contingency – for the past 10-years, Ever since we moved to the East Texas Outback.
The writing I’ve done about the “Seven Major Systems” of life (food, shelter, communications, environment, transportation, energy, and finance) were not just ‘spur-of-the-moment’ ideas. They arose from our serious prepping for “come what may.”
In coming weeks, we will be keeping our reports at a 1,000 word limit on the free side of this site. No such limits on the Peoplenomics.com site, of course. And not out of any malice. Rather, we have a ‘lot to get done.’
No matter what happens in life, there’s always that “one more thing” you discover.
For example, isolation is something you need to practice for. In a two-day snap drill, it won’t be a big deal, at all. But when you consider the ‘black sy’ or grid hard-down for a year (and longer) it comes to the forefront. America is hooked – worse than heroin – with the concept that General Motor’s called the freedom of the American road.
It wasn’t just applicable to highways. 99% of folks are super-conditioned to the joys of an on-demand society.
When something goes bad, the “fix” is only a phone call away. Isolation isn’t a factor when you have unlimited bandwidth coming into the home. Water’s not a big deal, until the toilets don’t flush and you discover that sugary soda pop isn’t a thirst-quencher.
When you read about such things, it all sounds so obvious and so easy. But when the reality of no transportation (as one aspect) sinks in, what are you going to do? How do you handle the “snap exercise?”
The first bridge to cross is the decision to “Stay or Go?”
See, one way to address the no power, no water, no cable, no cell exercise is to get in the family car and drive to your “back-up location” – which we assume you have.
This would be a friend in a different city who you could call on the phone at a moment’s notice and say “Snap drill: We will arrive at XX:XX time.” Most people don’t have such a place, or especially a like-thinking location where the person you call is all set to receive you (and your loved ones) with no notice and for an indeterminate length of time.
That way, assuming you have enough gas in the car to get there, congratulations, this is one solution to the snap drill. Relocate to a well-provisioned backup.
The obvious flaw to this is the gas gauge when you get into the car and study the options.
For us, we MIGHT be able to lean on friends in Oklahoma or Arizona. The former would could get to on one tank of gas, but it would have to be nearly a full tank. That location is 3/4th’s of a tank distant. Arizona? We would need more gas than we (presently) have on hand at the ranch. So we would stay.
Isolation isn’t something we’re worried about, nor do supplies bother us, much. We have hydroponics supplies and a greenhouse, such that if the “exercise” was not fictional, we could get some edibles coming in after a fairly short delay; maybe 90 days. And we have storage foods, of course.
But when you pull this exercise, since you want have television to watch, check the pantry for food and figures how many calories and for how long? Then look at stocks of toilet paper and such. It’s a time of sad realization for most folks.
Canned goods are great, but really, how many days worth do you have on hand? How do you keep – and use – all that food in the freezer? Do you have solar panels and inverters laying around you could bring up on line in an hour or two? I doubt it – if you’re average.
Now it becomes Monday and you get to put the power back on. How much food spoiled? Did you run out of anything? Prescriptions from the doc are on hand for how long? And do you have a “coming off drugs” plan in your back pocket?
This may all sound far-fetched and unthinkable.
But three months back, the prospect of all-out war with China was also unthinkable. Not that it is #1 in my concerns list for today, but we see how the market is reacting already and this China warning over Korea which we covered in the news section, well THAT is something that could pop quickly even though we don’t expect that war until the 2023-2024 area based on historical rhymes.
There is that small possibility that the market has already hit its all times highs and we won’t get the one last gasp rally in the next week and a half. Either way, look how long it was from the market peak in 1929 until the Germans were in Poland: 1939 so 10-years. That was to the all-out war starting.
Germany, however, was pressing on with remilitarization of the Rhineland in 1936 in a manner that suggests what China is already doing in the South China Sea.
Which gets us to this morning’s bottom lines:
A “Snap Exercise” is a very much worthwhile problem to attack for a weekend..
The “historical rhymes” don’t dictate further events, but they do suggest which forks and branches history will track into the future.
As in Earthquake planning, where you will want to have assorted lengths of PVC pipe, fresh tubs of prime and hot-set glue and ways to recover from water and structural damage, we see the need now to have the duct tape and plastic sheeting on hand just in case.
Whether the problems ahead domestically come from NK or Chinese inbound, or whether it’s from the black skies/grid hard-down, doesn’t matter at the personal response level.
Proper Planning prevents piss poor performance. And as we see it, it’s the cheapest life insurance policy you can buy.
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