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A Catastrophic Cyber Attack is Coming: How to Prepare
A focus of the World Economic Forum’s 2023 Annual Meeting in Davos was on cyber security. During the Annual Meeting, the WEF shared a report that claims, “91% of respondents said they believe a far-reaching and catastrophic cyber event is at least somewhat likely in the next two years.” Now,...
15 Steps to Take Immediately after an EMP Event
What once was something we could only imagine is now something we need to prepare for. I’m talking about an EMP event. In 2011, Newt Gingrich raised the alarm about EMPs and how damaging one would be to the United States. Gingrich said, “This could be the kind of catastrophe...
20+ Major Power Failures in 2022 & 2023
Power outages are on the rise, and 2022 has not been an exception. While the official numbers have yet to be reported, we know that in 2021 there were 350 million people worldwide affected by power outages. More recent years are topping 1 billion annually. Power outages in 2022 and...
Why We Turned Down an Extra $129 Million Dollars: The Truth about Solar Generators
We’re all familiar with the idea that some things are simply too good to be true. Unfortunately, there are manufacturers and sellers who prey on our drive for survival in hopes that it overrides our critical thinking skills. One type of item that’s currently being used to do that are...
Winter’s Must-Have Barter Item
What would you do if you couldn’t heat your home this winter? Unfortunately, that’s a reality many Americans may face. Electricity costs are soaring, and we’re all feeling it. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, August electricity bills jumped the most since 1981, gaining 15.8% from the same...
The Global Energy Crisis Is Personal
As I sit down to write about the global energy crisis, Americans are feeling the pain at the pump with the national gas average at $4.325. Before the Russian invasion, gas prices had steadily been on the rise, and now we are facing prices higher than the previous all-time-record average...
10 Survival Skills from the US Military Everyone Needs to Know
On November 11, 1919, America recognized Armistice Day on the first anniversary of the ending of World War I. Armistice Day eventually became Veterans Day and an annual national holiday in 1938. While Memorial Day honors those men and women who have lost their lives serving our country, Veterans Day...
Potential Causes for Economic Collapse and How to Prepare
As much as we’d like to trust that our economy is safe, history shows that’s not always the case. Moreover, scientists and financial experts have identified multiple weak points in our economy that are ripe for collapse. That may be why an Axios study found, “Nearly nine in 10 Americans...
Blackouts in Brazil: How to Prepare for the Possibility of Darkness
Imagine you are riding an underground subway of a major metropolitan city when you are suddenly plunged into darkness as the train comes to a screeching halt, trapping you for hours. For many people in Brazil, this frightening scenario has happened more than once. Brazil has a history of random...
What Happens in the Days after a Disaster?
We tend to focus on the disaster itself, but the actual disaster is not what we really should be worried about. It is the days following a disaster that will test us. Not only do we have to survive the hurricane, fire, or flood, but we must also survive the...
Surviving a Year-Long Blackout: Lessons from Puerto Rico & the USVI
The recent power grid collapse in Texas wasn't just a one-time event. It was a warning: our system of power delivery is more vulnerable than most people know. A single major disaster—a cyber attack, a solar flare, or a few big hurricanes all hitting in a row—could set off a chain...
How People Got Creative with the PG&E Blackouts
The devastating California wildfires in 2018 left communities reeling, hundreds homeless, and dozens dead. Although natural weather factors were certainly a factor, downed power lines operated by utility companies like Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) were partly to blame. In fact, PG&E has said that one of its transmission lines...
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