2 Weeks Without Electricity
2 Weeks Without Electricity by Ken Jorgustin – Modern Survival Blog
2 weeks without electricity? How many times throughout our modern history have natural disasters damaged the electrical grid infrastructure of a region? Lots!
While it’s not the normal circumstance, 2 weeks without electricity can certainly occur, and you can survive it.
Let me say this though, today’s modern way of life and infrastructure depends on electricity to function. For those not prepared, it’s a shock to their normalcy bias and going 2 weeks without electricity is not going to be easy.
Here’s the thing… Lessons from history tell us that it’s entirely do-able. People used to live their entire lives without electricity!
The problem is that our modern society doesn’t know how to live without it. So what to do?
HOW TO LIVE 2 WEEKS WITHOUT ELECTRICITY
First, if we’re discussing this in modern times, it means that there has been some major disaster. One good example might be a major hurricane blowing through a region and tearing down trees, power lines, and causing massive damage to the grid’s infrastructure.
WHICH SYSTEMS AFFECT YOU MOST WITHOUT ELECTRICITY?
SYSTEMS IN YOUR HOME
-Water (if you have a well, you’re SOL)
-Stove / Microwave
-TV / News & Information / Internet
-Air Conditioning / Heating
SYSTEMS OUTSIDE YOUR HOME
WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT
The one thing that can mitigate most of your problems inside the home is a generator. Lots of people have them and lots of people don’t. Those who have them probably (hopefully) already know how to properly use them. Those who don’t and those who run out and get one, you better understand a few important things:
1. Never operate the generator indoors, including your garage. Carbon monoxide is odorless and can kill you. Regardless of that, everyone should have a carbon monoxide detector in their home.
2. If you have the budget, a whole-house generator and professional installation is the ultimate. It costs though. Otherwise, a stand-alone generator will enable you to run an extension cord (or cords) to the critical systems of your choice inside the home. All generators have a built-in circuit breaker so if you overload it the power will trip off.
3. The size of generator is your choice. For perspective, I have a 4500 watt generator which operates all my systems without issue. In fact I have a 3500 watt which also runs them without issue. 2 chest freezers, refrigerator, propane furnace & hot water, well pump, gas stove ignition (although a match will work), my lighting (I have LED bulbs everywhere), and even my TV. Admittedly, ‘if’ everything powers on at once, the breaker might trip – but just be aware of what you’re running.