...If Half The Country Lost Power?
Did you see the story about the two massive power outages in India the other day? India has about 1.2 billion people, and over half of them, 670 million, were without power. Reports today indicate that the failure was the result of a "technical snag" and infrastructure being "a mess."
Irrespective of the cause, what would happen if 150 million Americans lost power, even if just for a few days? That would be roughly the states along the East Coast and the Great Lakes... centers of finance, government, media and manufacturing. Plenty of dense, heavily populated metropolitan areas, but also lots rural agricultural land.
I would imagine that the folks reading If It Hits The Fan would easily be able to make it through three or four days without power. But what about the people in those cities, and the cascading effects on the economy from everything being shut down? What about the groceries that would be lost in the stores? The lack of information from the local radio and TV stations not being able to maintain generated power that long? People unable to access ATMs or credit card machines... Restaurants being unable to cook food... Gas stations being unable to pump food... Public works, garbage trucks, police cars and fire trucks being unable to refuel or maintain communications without fuel for backup generators... Airports shutting down... Schools and businesses shutting down... Alarm systems being down... Hospitals running out of backup generator fuel...
When I posed this question on Facebook, a couple of folks said they would just Bug In and ride it out. I really don't know any other way. I'd run our generators (very secured) and with satellite TV, we could get information from outside of the affected area. I would be very concerned about crime, but much more so if we were closer in to the city. Out here in the country, it would still be a threat, but we would be home and I don't see this situation spawning roving hordes getting this far... they'd be to busy in the city.
I don't think this scenario is very far fetched. There have been widespread power outages in the US before, just not THAT wide... but as interconnected as the national grid is, it could happen. For the prepared, it would not be that much different than a regular multi-day outage from a storm or something. For the unprepared, it would cause panic and overreaction because of the loss of services and lack of information.
Just another thing to consider as we prepare.