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National Power Grid Collapse: What Will You Do WHEN It Fails?

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4 comments to National Power Grid Collapse: What Will You Do WHEN It Fails?

  • Eric

    Picked up one of these the other day.

    https://www.rei.com/product/101109/nite-ize-3-in-1-led-flashlight#

    Pretty decent for $18. Not as durable as a mag lite but incredibly lightweight at only 9.1 oz. and very bright. Nice functions too. Some iffy reviews but mine worked great.

    I find it preferable to the more expensive (and heavier) flashlights I have. Nice that it uses regular AA’s too.

    They had lifestraws for $15 too.

    REI is my prepper store of choice.

  • Craig Escaped Detroit

    That’s a nice looking light with very bright specs. The light I “side-saddled” onto my pellet rifle’s scope mount, puts out 78 lumens and the range of the light is just enough for the range of the 22 pellet.

    I bought a couple of nice headlamps (Chinese seller on Ebay) that has a focus-able (push pull zoom lens) that uses 4 AA batteries in a box behind the head, Hi-Lo & strobe, for the amazing price of just $11 each.

    People are gonna wish they had bought some of those 7-10w portable solar chargers (some places you can find them for $50 or less. As for the rigid, home type of solar panels, you can get the full sized ones, for as little as $0.65 cents per watt.

    The big ones require a “charge controller” & Deep cycle battery, but you’ll have as much power as you wish to SPEND to prepare.

    Getting enough panels to run an efficient fridge or a chest freezer , a fan, some LED lights, radio, charge up the 2-ways, cellphone, laptop, is not expensive. I think you could put together such a package for about $600 DIY.
    (chest freezer is the better choice for survival, because it doesn’t lose all the cold when you open the door, and you can freeze water jugs into ice, for the portable cooler for the quick grab items)

  • Craig Escaped Detroit

    Just thinking out loud here, but for people who will be driving “unknown conditions” or their home site has dirt roads subject to getting washed out…

    I wonder what would be the lowest price, yet effective way to make a “vehicle bridge” to span a 5ft or 6ft gap in the road?

    There are those aluminum ramps they use on the car-hauler rigs (don’t know what they cost, gotta be pretty expensive?) They’d be great, and quick.

    But I imagine that a bunch of 4″x6″s (pressure treated), and a couple sheets of 4ft X 8ft of exterior or pressure treated plywood some tie-down ratchet straps (to hold things together so they don’t lose position as you’re driving over it)

    I wonder how many “side by side” 4″X6″ beams are needed under each side of the car?

    Using the lumber this way, is manageable weight for moving it around, and then, when you’re done traveling to where you want to get to, the lumber can be used at the home-site.
    The Aluminum ramps are good only for ramps.

    I’m thinking, if we end up with a “Venezuela situation”, grid down, road crews non-existent, then we will find more and more roads are washed out, damaged, etc. Or those dirt roads and trails, always seem to have some pretty big washouts. Carrying a shovel will also be important.

    TO dive over SOFT dirt, sand, etc, having 6 pieces of 2ft wide X 8ft long 3/4″ pressure treated plywood, can be laid on the ground in front of the tires, and drive onto it, (you’ll need 2 pieces in-line for EACH side of the car “end to end” to get the car up onto it, and then you’ll need another piece to “extend” the length, where you drive onto the last piece, and then you go back and pick up the pieces that are “free”, and drag them in front of the car to drive another 8ft (Leap frogging your way again and again until you are back on solid ground again.)

    Picture those 3 lengths (24ft long) for each side of the car. 16ft is under your car, and the other 8ft is the “leap-frog” piece you drag from behind (where you just came from) and lay it in front of the car to go the next LEAP. But this can get you over sand, soft soil, etc. (it gets really slippery when wet, and it will always get wet.)

    I wonder how easy/hard/cheap/expensive it would be to bond a strip of rough abrasive (80-120 grit) emery cloth for traction?

    And when you use you shovel to fill in a deep hole or gap for you to drive over it, it would be good to have some boards to throw over that soft dirt so you don’t sink down into it.

    Having some decent jacks to jack up your car out of a mud hole, etc, may be the only thing that’ll save your car from getting stuck forever.

  • Craig Escaped Detroit

    PS. …those lengths of plywood that you drag around the car? drill some holes and put some rope thru it, like a loop-leash to make it easier to drag behind you instead of having to lift and carry them 20 times.

    (20 leap-frogs will move your car 160ft over the sand or other soft stuff)

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