In Ted Koppel’s book, Lights Out, a very grim scenario will unfold if our electrical grid goes down.According to a congressional commission tasked in 2008 to identify the impact of an EMP attack, (available on line), it is estimated that only one in ten of us would survive a year into a nation wide blackout. The rest would perish from starvation, disease and social breakdown.
How could this happen? Terrorists groups for one. Another is from rouge nations like North Korea.Their missiles don’t even have to reach our shores from theirs. A Scud missile launched from a freighter near our shores would do the evil trick.
So how do we citizens prepare for such a potential threat when it is apparent our government won’t? The responsibility lies with us, as it should. The first step is awareness. Lights Out was my first introduction to EMP’s, our electrical grid and how it functions, the government agencies and their department heads who I thought were responsible for protecting us. Read. Read everything you can get your hands on regarding emergency preparedness.
Secondly, Prepare. Not in a hand ringing frantic state, but the same manner as you do with everything else in life. We cover our roses when a freeze is coming. Covering your outside faucets before the winter temps drop below freezing. We put money in savings accounts for emergencies. We do dozens of things in our life to prepare for the unexpected. Emergency preparedness is no different. I started with a case of bottled water. Then two. then a box of band-aids. Every week I added one or two more things. It was painless, and became automatic.
If you think I have told you all that you need to know from the book Lights Out, you would be mistaken. I have just hit the parts that made me say “Wow! I didn’t know that!”
This book is packed with so much information, it will blow you away! I would encourage everyone to pick up a copy!