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The Coming Blackout: What You Need to Know

The Coming Blackout: What You Need to Know

July 17, 2019 | Power Outages | 0 Comments

On Saturday, July 13, a large area of New York City plunged into a state of darkness. The blackout lasted for five hours and affected the west side of Manhattan. When 26 theaters were suddenly without power, social media channels were abuzz with videos of various Broadway productions continuing their...

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From Belgium to Japan: Nuclear Blackouts

From Belgium to Japan: Nuclear Blackouts

May 22, 2019 | Power Outages | 0 Comments

A lot of times, when we talk about issues surrounding nuclear energy, the first worries are typically radioactivity and the threat of nuclear weapons. This is totally understandable--these are very real and intimidating threats to our survival and well-being. However, another topic I’d like to cover today is what happens...

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Planned Power Outages: What You Need to Know

Planned Power Outages: What You Need to Know

May 02, 2019 | National Events Natural Disasters Power Outages | 0 Comments

We’ve written a lot about the devastating outcomes of the recent California wildfires and the choking smoke those events created across many states.  For example, there was a wildfire breakout in 2017 when trees hit PG&E power lines around the Napa area. It burned over 100,000 acres and 1,475 structures....

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Living Through the Venezuelan Blackout: One Resident’s Account

Living Through the Venezuelan Blackout: One Resident’s Account

March 22, 2019 | National Events Power Outages | 0 Comments

Last week, we covered the devastating reality of life in Venezuela while the country suffered through the largest power outage in the country’s history (see that Survival Scout, Surviving Venezuela: Lessons From a Country in Chaos).  Looters filled the streets, ATMs were down, and many citizens resorted to drinking polluted...

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Surviving Venezuela: Lessons from a Country in Crisis

Surviving Venezuela: Lessons from a Country in Crisis

March 15, 2019 | Food Shortages National Events Power Outages | 0 Comments

Imagine your power goes out indefinitely for a week. Maybe longer, with no end in sight. Now, imagine that happening to virtually everyone living in your country. While this may have been a mere nightmare in the past,  this was the recent reality in Venezuela.  Venezuela lost power around 5...

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Learning from the Past: Haiti, Mexico City, and Alaska

Learning from the Past: Haiti, Mexico City, and Alaska

February 14, 2019 | History of Preparedness Natural Disasters Power Outages | 0 Comments

American journalist Charles Kuralt once said, “It takes an earthquake to remind us that we walk on the crust of an unfinished earth.”  The surface of our planet has 20 plates that are constantly moving--and inevitably, the resulting pressure from these shifting plates causes the crust to break. But when...

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3 Major Nor'easters & What We Can Learn

3 Major Nor'easters & What We Can Learn

December 13, 2018 | Natural Disasters Power Outages Winter Readiness | 0 Comments

If you live on the East Coast of the United States, you’re probably familiar with nor’easters. You know that contrary to what it might sound like, it’s not just a funny way of referring to people from the East Coast.  A nor’easter is a storm that usually develops in the...

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Lessons from the Northeast Blackout of 2003

Lessons from the Northeast Blackout of 2003

November 08, 2018 | Power Outages Survival Skills Water Preparedness | 0 Comments

Sometimes, the smallest of actions can create a ripple affecting an extremely large system. That’s exactly what happened in 2003 when the northeastern United States was hit with a major power outage. What became known as the Northeast Blackout of 2003 was the largest blackout in North American history to...

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5 Hurricane Preparedness Lessons from History

5 Hurricane Preparedness Lessons from History

September 21, 2018 | Natural Disasters Power Outages Water Preparedness | 0 Comments

Carolinas Face Flooding After Hurricane Florence Lumbers Through States (Photo by U.S. Air Force via Getty Images) As Hurricane Florence made landfall on the east coast of the United States, we’ve been reminded that hurricane preparedness is a must.  On average, about five hurricanes strike the United States coastline every...

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The Science Behind Solar Flares and the Grid

The Science Behind Solar Flares and the Grid

September 20, 2018 | Natural Disasters Power Outages | 0 Comments

When you hear the term “natural disaster,” phenomenon such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and earthquakes may be the first things to come to mind. However, natural disasters originating beyond our Earth’s atmosphere also have the potential to disrupt life as we know it.  For example, a handful of solar flares over...

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Rolling Brownouts Are Back as Emergency Plans Kick In

Rolling Brownouts Are Back as Emergency Plans Kick In

August 10, 2018 | Natural Disasters Power Outages | 0 Comments

We call them natural disasters. Hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, etc. Mother nature cooks ‘em up and tosses ‘em at us. We either get out of the way or get sucked into their destruction. But wildfires? These are different. Some wildfires are natural disasters. When dry thunderstorms produce lightning without rain that...

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Most-Read Preparedness Stories of 2018

Most-Read Preparedness Stories of 2018

June 22, 2018 | Food Preparedness Natural Disasters Power Outages | 0 Comments

While we’re only halfway through 2018, this volatile year has already seen significant developments that seriously affect folks like us who prepare. #1: FEMA Began on a Low Note – And Kept Repeating It The year started out with a bold proclamation from FEMA: “FEMA is broke. The system is...

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