Tuesday, July 26, 2011

GRID Collapsed?

The night the lights go out in Georgia (and everywhere else too)

Now what? No lights. No power. The freezers are full, the fridge is full... Is this the night the power is out forever or will it be a few days?  Hopefully only a few mins but then again we need to stay prepared. 

Assess your minimum capabilities:

  • Ability to recharge NiMH or NiCd batteries from an indefinite power source , in the sizes you actually use (AAA, AA, C, D, 9V)
  • Generator, with enough capacity to power critical needs for 14+ days (like freezer, refrigerator, needed electronics, etc.) (short term solution)
  • Store of fuel to power generator for 14+ days 
  • Put Uninterruptible Power Supplies on all computers and other sensitive critical electronic equipment
  • Spare extension cords (to run from the generator to your appliances)
  • battery maintenance items prior to blackout fully charged
  • Alternative light capacity? LED, Solar, candles, lanterns
  • Ability to make heat
  • Ability to cook

Assess Your
Extended Capabilities:

  • Solar-power, or other renewable/long-term power, setup capable of running all mission critical devices for indefinite period, working eventually to powering entire household
  • Make ice on indefinite basis this would be nice wouldn't it!
  • Spare parts for Alternate Energy generations, (fuses, wire, connectors, inverter parts, etc.)
  • store non volitile fuel for lamps ~ olive oil spare parts for lamps


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