Being prepared is a 3-step process.
Make note of this point: Even if the grid is hardened to maximum levels, a Carrington-class solar storm can cause Earth’s magnetosphere to “wobble” for as long as 3-9 days. This means that even in the best case scenario of a highly hardened grid, the grid could be down AT LEAST 3-9 days across the world before engineers and technicians can begin work to “black start” the grid. The U.S. civilian grid is currently not hardened.
We know it is only a matter of time before our sun discharges another massive solar storm at Earth. We are in the window of time when our chances of that occurring are at 12% per decade. The next super solar storm WILL LIKELY HAPPEN in our lifetimes.
ARE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY PREPARED FOR THAT EVENTUALITY?
- First, learn about disasters that may effect you and your family.
- Second, plan how to handle the consequences of those disasters.
- Third, prepare for you and your family for those consequences.
Use your own discretion when making decisions for disaster preparedness. For many Americans, finances will limit how well and how quickly they are to able to prepare. If every family does the best they can with the financial resources they have, America will be in a much better position for any disaster, including a large scale, long-term disaster. Greater numbers of prepared families means fewer numbers dependent on the government for relief.
Knowledge without action will not protect your family in a large scale, long-term disaster. Don’t let your family be one of the masses without resources and independence.
Think “Preparedness = Insurance for Disasters.” Many Americans have car insurance and life insurance. Why not emergency and disaster insurance by way of planning and preparedness?
Governmental ResourcesLinks to government agencies for disaster planning are listed below. This list is not meant to be exhaustive. Please keep in mind, these agencies recommend a minimum of three days’ supply of water, food, medications, etc. A minimum supply will only get a family through a typical disaster; grid down will not be a typical disaster.
The Department of Homeland Security and FEMA continue to work at raising public awareness regarding the need for disaster preparedness. FEMA’s “America’s PrepareAthon” is great place to start you and your family’s journey on being prepared for disasters.