Friday Dec 09, 2022

Small Generators Aren’t As Good As Solar For Emergency Preparedness (Part 3) – CleanTechnica


This article is the third part in a three-part series. You can find Part 1 here.

This All Sounds Pretty Scary. I’ll Probably Just Die, Right?

Solar storms, EMP, hackers, sabotage — yeah, those are frightening things. Going for years without power is even more frightening when you think about it. With a long enough outage, you could lose access to indoor plumbing (water and sewer), medical care, internet, phone, and even having food on the shelves at the local store. Generators powering all of this eventually run out of fuel, and if the trucks can’t get fuel (both refineries and gas stations use electricity), nobody is getting anything from stores until supply chains can adjust or recover.

So, yes, electricity is obviously only going to be a small part of any plan your family would need to be prepared for this. Food, water, shelter, and other things all need to be planned for, but those are beyond the scope of this article., the US government’s official disaster preparedness information site, does recommend the following for major disasters:

  • If you are able to, set aside items like soap, hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol, disinfecting wipes, and general household cleaning supplies that you can use to disinfect surfaces you touch regularly. After a flood, you may not have access to these supplies for days or even weeks. Keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medication. Don’t forget the needs of pets. Obtain extra batteries and charging devices for phones and other critical equipment.
  • Being prepared allows you to avoid unnecessary excursions and to address minor medical issues at home, alleviating the burden on urgent care centers and hospitals.
  • Remember that not everyone can afford to respond by stocking up on necessities. For those who can afford it, making essential purchases and slowly building up supplies in advance will allow for longer time periods between shopping trips. This helps to protect those who are unable to procure essentials in advance of the pandemic and must shop more frequently. In addition, consider avoiding WIC-labeled products so that those who rely on these products can access them.

In other words, your starting point is to prepare for 2 to 3 days of needs with a basic kit you can use indoors or take with you in case of evacuation. Then, start preparing for longer times without basic needs a little at a time as your household budget permits. Try to pick canned foods with longer shelf lives and rotate them into your normal household meals to keep things fresh. You can also pick up boxes or buckets of food with even longer shelf life specifically for emergency food storage if you have some extra money.

It’s also fun to get into hobbies that are useful in emergencies, like amateur radio, wilderness survival, and camping, and if it’s legal where you live and you’re not personally opposed to it, firearms. It’s also good to work with people in your community and local officials on these things to make sure everyone is better off in the event of an emergency.

So, no, you don’t have to die if something truly awful happens. Just do what you can here and there to slowly build up preparedness.

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