Prep Blog Review: Survival When The Lights Go Out

As September 11 approaches we cannot but remember those events and pray they won’t happen ever again. Still we can’t ignore that our enemies are beheading our own and threaten to take further actions against us.

Events like these make us think even more of the importance of being prepared, especially for an attack on the grid which would mean lights out and back to the basics.

So here’s what we stumbled upon this week! Let us know how you feel about this topic and how are you prepping for when SHTF or even just for becoming self-sufficient and living off the grid!

1. “Grid Jihad”: What If You Had a Week to Prep for the End of the World?

Prep 1“With September 11 fast approaching, so too does the risk of another terrorist attack on US soil.

They say this every year as the date approaches, but in 2014, it seems to carry a bit more weight than it has during other years.

I’m referring specifically to all of those beheadings and the crazy video threat that warned, “We will drown all of you in blood“.  I’d say that ISIS could either be behind a potential attack or be set up as the fear-flavor of the month and be blamed for such an attack.”

Read more on The Organic Prepper.

2. How to Brood Chickens Without Electricity

Prep 2“This last spring I finished building our chicken coop and ordered 50 baby chickens that needed a brooder.

I know how to brood chickens, but I had never done it without electricity. So I started looking online to see what others were doing.

There was a lot of great information about brooding chickens, but it struck me how dependent everyone has become on electricity for brooding them.  I felt as if I had to rediscover how it was done a hundred years ago.”

Read more on An American Homestead.

3. Attack on The U.S. Power Grid – It Could Happen Tomorrow. It Could Happen Next Week’

Prep3“ISIS terrorists pose an “imminent” threat to the U.S. electric grid with the capacity to coordinate a devastating assault on our nation’s infrastructure, warned a leading homeland security and terrorism expert in a radio interview Sunday.

Dr. Peter Pry, a former CIA officer, is executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security and director of the U.S. Nuclear Strategy Forum, both congressional advisory boards.”

Read more on Daily Collapse Report.

4. Cooking Without Electricity

prep 4“If the power goes out (grid down) and the electricity is off for a period of time, you will need an alternative method of cooking without electricity.

Even your kitchen’s gas stove might require electricity to operate, so it’s best to consider multiple ways to cook and/or to boil water.

Here are a few ideas:

One obvious cooking alternative is by way of a wood fire, perhaps with a cooking grate placed over it supported by logs, stones, bricks, etc.”

Read more on Modern Survival Blog.

5. How to Survive an EMP – Part 1: What Is an EMP?

prep 5“This seems to be a prepper’s favorite “Doomsday scenario”. Many books have been written about it:

  • The Going Home series by Angery American
  • One Second After
  • EMP: Equipping Modern Patriots: With a Story of Survival
  • E M P – Struggle for Survival
  • After The Event (ATE) (Volume 1)
  • Last Stand: Surviving America’s Collapse

and many more

Youtube has hundreds of videos on the subject. The internet is filled with web pages telling you want you should or should not do in case of one.

But how much do you really know about one? How much does anyone know?”

Read more on Gray Wolf Survival.


This article has been written by Brenda E. Walsh for Survivopedia.

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  • Two things that I find ridiculous re power failures.
    1- No one gas station in my New Jersey town has a backup generator. One would think this would be required by law, as a security thing. I it were required, then station owners or oil companies could claim the cost as a tax deduction, of course specifying only US made units are eligible.
    2- When we lose power, all the traffic lights stop functioning .Since we have 2 4 lane main highways going through town, this immediately requires that the police
    send people to the 9 major cross streets to direct traffic, else mayhem will result.
    In this day and age of LEDs, solar cells, and efficient backup batteries, one would think some kind of independent system could be set up to run these lights grid-less.
    This again could be a federal mandate, thus creating tax exemptions for the municipalities and jobs for the manufacturers of such systems. LED traffic lights are already available, though probably made in China. The law could specify only US made components must be used to claim tax exemption.