Sunday, April 01, 2012

Be Prepared!

NASA has warned us of the dangers of solar storms and the harm that can come to our electrical systems.  Mike just read “A Distant Eden” a novel by Lloyd Tackitt that takes us on a journey to Texas during and after a huge solar storm hits earth.  The storm ruins our electric grid that moves power across our nation.  The storm also wipes out anything electrical; our computers, phones, pumps for water and gasoline and furnaces and the fuses and computers in our cars and trucks and trains and planes. Soon people are running out of water and starving.  There are no deliveries of food anymore.  The medicines that many need to stay alive are no longer be available.  The author writes that in such a situation, 97% of our population would die in less than a year. Very quickly, we are in a survival battle and it’s useful to know how to treat water so it’s potable, how to catch fish using fish traps and how to cook using solar box cookers.

Most of us have experienced power outages for a period of time.  Here in the Northwest, we’ve had silver thaws when the trees and power lines are covered in ice and we lose power for hours to a few days.  Parts of the country experience floods, tornados, hurricanes and earthquakes and power can be out for weeks or months. I’ve often wondered about generators. Do they plug into the house when they are used for power or do you plug into the generator?  I was asked to write something about the subject and consulted the website of Generators A to Z for the answers. I learned that depending our your needs you can plug directly into a generator, like your refrigerator to keep your frozen items frozen or you can have a transfer switch added so you can run your appliances through the circuit breaker. Generator 101 helps you decide whether to you need a conventional generator or inverter generator and the differences.  Generator 101 also helps you figure how big of a generator you might need, the fuel, the number of hours it can run.  The website has prices for the various kinds of generators.
Reading “A Distant Eden” and familiarizing yourself with solar box cookers and generators could be the difference in you and your family surviving the next disaster.

BTW, right now the Kindle edition of "A Distant Eden" is available for 99 cents:

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