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First I want to say (unfortunately HAVE to say) this has nothing to do with the changing of the president.  The timing of the post is only coincidental because I just heard the EAS for what feels like the first time in a while testing the service on the radio.  It made me wonder what my plan is if it had been an actual emergency.  On the recording it says "tornado, toxic spill or other emergency".  I am not that concerned about a tornado.  You go in the basement and wait for it to blow away.  A toxic spill....some kind of outside attack on the country or a coupe or something, nuclear detonation...stuff like that is the stuff you should probably have a plan for.

I am not a huge prepper.  I have some extra food and water in the basement, but nothing crazy, I have weapons to protect myself and my family just in case.  But WTF is my PLAN?  I do not really have one other that to say I would drive home immediately and try to come up with something with my family.  I have read a lot of fiction describing all kinds of different dooms day type scenarios, and honestly an EMP is one of the worst IMO...at least one of the worst that is slightly plausible.  Losing communication in this era of "know everything right now" would be a little scary and one I could see some people becoming panicked about.  It would freak me out a little also to know I cannot just pick up my phone and find out what is going on or even call anyone.  Would I even be able to drive my car?  If it happened right now I am a 35 minute drive from home....how long would it take to walk home from work?  According to google maps it would take about 4-5 hours.  Where would my wife be?  She is usually a good hour away from home.  Without knowing where she was I would have to hope she found a way to get home.  I could not help her because I would not know where she was.

It is something some people spend WAY too much time thinking about, but one others do not spend ANY time thinking about.  As usual my views on it fall somewhere in the middle.  I think a little about it, but have no real plan.

I am not sure what the average person can do, but it depends on the situation and what the emergency is.  We are kind of in the middle of one right now.  Everything is still up and running.  Supply chains are huge and have not really been delayed minus the stupid toilet paper thing from last March/April etc.  We still have issues getting bleach wipes and the disinfectant spray, but we manage.  If the food supply became scarce....that is when things would start getting crazy IMO.  Panic, fear of the unknown which is what most fear is based on..in an EMP situation...there is no info so the unknown is off the charts.  Fear would rule I think.

Just wondering if anyone has any real plans for situations like these?  Again I am not talking about zombies or anything stupid, but a realistic scenario where maybe you do not know what is going on, or you are on your own with no immediate idea when you may be able to receive any kind of help or useful info.

I think it is something everyone should at least take a few moments to consider.

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Fwiw, one of the key things our ballistic submarines do, is listen for The Archers theme tune on Radio 4, which broadcasts on long wave. It's an iconic piece of music and a show that goes out every day.

If they don't hear it being broadcast they essentially know that civilisation has broken down in the UK. And so they launch their missiles.

So, yeah, you'd better hope we don't lose all radio comms any time soon.

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I have prepared (mostly) for a major earthquake.  It turns out we're due for one in the Pacific Northwest.  The last one was the year 1700*. and they happen every 500 years or so.

They tell us that we have a 20 percent chance of it happening in the next 50 years.  Plan on no power for 2+ weeks, even if you don't have significant damage.  There will be massive loss of life on the coast.

No power means no water, since I'm on a well.  I have purchased a 325 gallon water tank to supplement bottled water.  I bought a potable generator.  I have some small solar panels for cell phones, etc.  We have a supply of MREs.  More importantly, I have a good supply of wine.

Of course, if our house is sufficiently damaged, we're just a refugee anyway.

* The Japanese have records dating back to 500 AD of tsunamis, so yes, they know one happened in 1700.

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My biggest concern here would be power outages following a hurricane. We may look into a generator. We’re high enough not to see major flooding and far enough from rivers, creeks etc.

There is always the possibility of something going awry at the nearby nuclear power plants. They run emergency (siren) tests on a regular basis, but I’m more concerned about pollution to the James (again) from them.

There is a CIA training base nearby.....??????

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2 hours ago, apabruce said:

More importantly, I have a good supply of wine.

Of course, if our house is sufficiently damaged, we're just a refugee anyway.

Although hopefully your wine cellar will not be damaged.

That all seems eminently sensible. We suffer very few major natural hazards in this part of the world. A week's snow is about the worst we can imagine (by which I mean a few centimetres worth - we know nothing of proper snow here and as a result a small amount brings the country to its knees).

Fortunately I'd laid in plenty of wine and other such goodies to take account of Brexit. They've been handy the last year or so.

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3 hours ago, CMRivdog said:

My biggest concern here would be power outages following a hurricane. We may look into a generator. We’re high enough not to see major flooding and far enough from rivers, creeks etc.

There is always the possibility of something going awry at the nearby nuclear power plants. They run emergency (siren) tests on a regular basis, but I’m more concerned about pollution to the James (again) from them.

There is a CIA training base nearby.....??????

We borrowed a generator during a 4 day power outage this fall because of wild fires.  Since then, I've purchased a generator.  It's enough to run a small freezer and a small refer.  My main issue with a generator is that you have to store gasoline, which goes stale after a time.

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That has been part of my concern. We’re in a new sub, all lines are underground. If something goes it’s going to be like the blackout we had in Detroit  ( and a big part of the east coast) about 20 years ago

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3 hours ago, Blue Square Thing said:

 A week's snow is about the worst we can imagine (by which I mean a few centimetres worth - we know nothing of proper snow here and as a result a small amount brings the country to its knees).

 

Sounds bit like Virginia (we’re close to your former Jamestown Colony). I am old enough to remember a snowfall several years ago where folks went to the circus one Saturday afternoon and were stuck for four days.

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