Most Americans are totally unprepared for a major power outage, because they have been spoiled by such great service from the electrical utilities. However, the people who call themselves ”
survival prepper” are concerned about a number of scenarios that range from the possible to the highly unlikely. How does a prepper think about and plan for a power outage?
Depending upon the scenario, a prepper will take anything from modest measures to prepare for a power outage up to and including what many people would consider extreme measures.
The most extreme scenarios are referred to with the acronym “SHTF” (Sewage Hits The Fan). The measure that would be employed for these scenarios would include storing hundreds of gallons of diesel fuel for power generators. However, for the purposes of this article, let’s focus on the more mainstream prepper and more likely situations.
The most likely situation that preppers look at is some sort of an economic collapse, which will result in the utilities becoming less reliable over time. Rolling blackouts would become commonplace so learning to live without reliable electricity becomes very important.
While some preppers also are concerned that a terror strike could take the power grid down altogether for an extended period of time, the most intelligent preparations are not very expensive and ‘over the top’ solutions like purchasing huge diesel generators and stockpiling fuel.
The smartest preppers know the old backpacking adage that says “the more skills you have in your head, the less gear you have to carry on your back.” For this reason, preppers learn how to get by with a lot less so that the power outage doesn’t hit them as hard to begin with.
Preppers prepare for a power outage by having foods stored that require minimal cooking – like canned soups. They have lanterns and alternate lighting solutions and practice camping skills.
They are very familiar with their camping and survival gear because they practice using it. This way, even in the worst of weather they are not a ‘babe in the woods’ struggling to keep warm in their house without a working furnace.
So as you can see, the way a prepper plans for worst case scenarios is to toughen themselves up and mentally prepare as much or more than making physical preparations with gear and equipment.
What you store in your head in the form of knowledge and experience can never be taken from you and will never let you