In any natural disaster or man-made crisis, only one thing is truly certain: Survival will not only be a challenge, but it will become each individual’s personal primary goal.
Perhaps today, all that we’re worried about is a check engine light in our car or what to have for dinner, but that will all change in any true situation that takes down the power grid.
But what will happen to Americans in a grid-down situation who have not prepared? The truth is that everyone will be caught off-guard when disaster strikes, but it’s non-preppers who will lack the knowledge or preparation to survive.
Here are 10 realities of a grid-down scenario most Americans never consider:
1. Gas pumps won’t work. Why? Because they run on electricity. This alone is why a grid-down scenario will be so catastrophic. Without gas, trucks can’t run – and America’s supply chain will be severed.
2. Police won’t be available. They will more concerned for the survival of their own families in a grid-down situation, and without electricity to allow gas pumps to work, they won’t be able to get around, anyway.
3. There will be no food. Grocery stores will be stripped clean and the only food that you’ll have is what’s in your pantry. And without gasoline to allow trucks to operate, the shelves won’t be restocked. If you think you can just hunt for food on your own, understand that millions of people will be thinking the same way. The forests will be crawling with experienced and inexperienced hunters, which will strip the forests of wildlife clean over time.
4. There will be no clean water. And you can’t drink tap water. You better have a means to purify water, and you better stockpile water.
5. Money may be worthless. You figure that you can buy supplies from other people? The value of the dollar will fall dramatically.
6. The military will confiscate guns. This happened in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, where law enforcement units and National Guard troops confiscated thousands of guns from citizens.
7. You can’t travel. Sorry, but “bugging out” is a bad idea 90 percent of the time – especially without gasoline. The roads, forests and parks will be filled with travelers trying to find a way out or to safety, leaving them extremely vulnerable.
8. Cell phones won’t work. Well, they may for a few hours or days, but once the generators run out of gas, they won’t. And without electricity, your Internet connection will be down, too.
9. Defending yourself is the priority. There will be raiders who work together to loot other people’s supplies. No one is going to protect you, and you need to have an adequate means to defend yourself.
10. Sanitation will take a backseat. Things such as soap, shampoo and hand sanitizer will become valuable trading commodities. Garbage will also be prevalent everywhere.
The truth is that in a grid-down situation, you will be truly and utterly alone. You’ll be separated from those you know, and often no one else will care about you. People will only be thinking about what they can do to survive.
Unfortunately, most Americans believe that emergencies will last 72 hours at most (hence the government recommending three day emergency kits). Hopefully, that’s all that a grid-down scenario will last for … but there’s still a high chance it will last longer than that. You won’t just be able to wait out a grid-down scenario. You have to survive in one.
Does this mean that you must now dedicate the rest of your life to survival? No. But it does mean that you need to have an idea of what could be coming, and if you want to be ready for it, you should have at least some preparations and plans set aside to get you past those first three days.