The Biden Administration is convinced a cyber attack on our grid is imminent. Whether or not you agree, it’s still wise to prepare.
When the Arctic Blast hit Texas last year, every grid in San Antonio where there was a police station or hospital, kept power. Granted, in order to keep Texas power from shutting down completely, those blackouts were intentional. I’m sure a cyber attack would disrupt everything. During the Texas Winter Storm in 2021, I saw local news reports of operational restaurants being unable to process card payments. Every business that could remain open had “cash only” signs on the doors and windows.
For the people who had cash, the average wait for a fast food meal was six hours. Drive-thru lines wrapped around the block. Those who braved the bitter cold to get supplies from the few grocery stores that were open, had to stand in-line OUTSIDE for hours.
Most shelves were empty.
So many people were unprepared.
Don’t let that be you!
Keep at least a couple of hundred dollars of cash on you. Make sure you have enough supplies (to include medications and first aid) to last you and your family at least two weeks.
I highly recommend a supply of long-term emergency food. A lot of those items aren’t available anymore, but you can get canned soups. Also, homemade pizza dough packs are not only cheap, but only take a little bit of water and oil to make. Top with some garlic powder and you got a tasty, easy source of calories. If the power goes out, you won’t be able to cook. Make sure to have lots of granola and power bars on hand. Applesauce and juice boxes are also vital for any emergency supply. Candles are great, but I prefer LED candles. There’s no risk of fire. I can place them just about anywhere; bathroom counters, stair banisters, etc. Of course, you’ll need to make sure you have plenty of batteries on hand to keep them going.
Most importantly, stock up on water. During the Texas Arctic Blast, the local water supply was shut off for days. When it turned back on, the water was contaminated. Many San Antonians had to stand in-line with their own containers for HOURS, in order to get safe drinking water. Bottled water sold out, FAST! If you’re ever in a situation like this, check for sparkling water. Unlike soft drinks, it’ll hydrate you.
Don’t assume the worse can’t happen.
One of the most heartbreaking things I saw from last year’s storm was how many people burned furniture, just to stay alive.
If you live in an area that’s climate can freeze, stock up on firewood NOW!
It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
The times we’re living in are the most unstable of my lifetime.
Everything is hanging by a thread. At any time, that last strand can break.
The Red Cross Preparedness checklist is a good place to start.