Wondering if life will ever get simple . . . It has been months since I touched this blog — which was supposed to be a regularly updated journal of thoughts and a record of things I’ve been doing.
Currently, I’m reading “One Second After,” which is about an EMP strike on these United States. It is the first in a three-book series by Ph.D. historian William R. Forstchen, with a foreword by Newt Gingrich. You could call it science fiction, or you could call it a future history, but whatever you call it, it is a dramatization of an all-too-real scenario for how civilization on this continent could end. Pop a nuke at the edge of space above Kansas City and <*Poof!*> “Goodbye 21st Century, hello 5th Century!” NOTHING that relies on any kind of battery, integrated circuit, transformer, capacitor, or transistor will be functional unless it’s in a Faraday cage at the time of the event. The power grids in the U.S.A., Canada, and at least the Northern half of Mexico will all be toast — for years — IF we get the chance to repair them.
Of course, a large Coronal Mass Ejection from our own Sun could do the job — probably more efficiently than any man-made effort.
Do you have a well with a manual pump? (Our state just made drilling a residential water well illegal. Collecting rainwater has been illegal for several years. Das Stadt owns all the water.)
Can you raise and preserve your own food without the aid of mechanical and electrical devices?
Can you heat your home without the aid of grid power & gas?
Nope, me neither.
You may want to review this timeline of the Dark Ages, just to get a handle on the time span we might be looking at for our children to regain the light of civilization.
If you want more information on the hazards of an EMP attack, check the book’s site: One Second After
So, our state is going through another round of drills for a Cascadia Subduction Zone quake. That will be a 9.0 – 10+ event that will last five minutes or longer. Emergency managers have finally decided that a 3-day kit will not be enough for people who live in the urban areas of Puget Sound and are now recommending a 14-day kit. For those of us out here in the hinterlands, we’ll most likely be on our own for 30 days or longer. Many small communities have no disaster plan or preparations at all. <<*CRINGE!*>> Low-lying coastal areas will be toast – of course – due to tsunami inundation.
Now, I’m reviewing what non-power tools we have on hand and putting together a plan for what we might need.
Life will be simple in Heaven, right?
** Updates **
Thought I’d include a couple links to articles I’ve stored in EverNote Web as resources for a TEOTWAKI-class event:
- 7 Ways the Pioneers Preserved Food Without Electricity – Rachel Falco @ How to Provide blog
- 9 Food Projects That Could Make You 100% Food Self-sufficient – Justi @ Healthy Food Fridge blog
- How to cope with the end of the world – Lewis Dartnell @ BBC.com – For a “mainstream media” take on what you need to reboot civilization after TEOTWAKI. For people who can think, this is actually a pretty good overview on how to start working your way back toward something that can be called “civilization.”
Umm . . . Should I mention that you’ll need to print copies of these articles for offline use?