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Countdown To December 21, 2012 – Part 2

Recently, I finally had the chance to watch 11 episodes Doomsday Preppers. A recurring theme on there was the possibility of an EMP shutting down the grid all over the world. For those of you that don’t know, I’ve recently started taking the subject of prepping a little more seriously than I use to, so the idea of an EMP taking out the grid is both interesting and scary.

Why An EMP Is Very Likely

Doomsday Preppers is produced by NatGeo, and one thing that was mentioned on the show was an EMP from a solar flare that happened in 1859. I decided to do some digging and here is what I found just on Wikipedia:

“On September 1–2, 1859, the largest recorded geomagnetic storm occurred. Aurorae were seen around the world, even over the Caribbean; those over the Rocky Mountains were so bright that their glow awoke gold miners, who began preparing breakfast because they thought it was morning. People who happened to be awake in the northeastern US could read a newspaper by the aurora’s light. Telegraph systems all over Europe and North America failed, in some cases shocking telegraph operators. Telegraph pylons threw sparks and telegraph paper spontaneously caught fire. Some telegraph systems continued to send and receive messages despite having been disconnected from their power supplies.” – Wikipedia

If it happened in 1859, it could very well happen again. If you are interested in tracking current solar activity, please visit Space Weather.com.

Why Does This Matter?

At the time, not much was running on electricity other than the telegraph system. Today, the world is a much different place and runs mostly on electricity. If a similar event were to happen today, the following luxuries that we take for granted would soon disappear:

  • Internet
  • Television
  • Radio
  • Cell Phones
  • Transportation
  • Lights
  • Power

For many people, this would cause chaos and panic because Facebook and Cellphones are how they contact everyone in their life. Dependency upon electricity has put us in a very vulnerable position and according to NatGeo, it would take the government 6-12 months to restore the grid after an EMP.

What Happens After An EMP?

First and foremost, we would lose power and most of our communications. This would cause a panic, but probably not as much as we might think. Most people assume that the problem is being handled and that everything will be up and running again shortly.

After a few days without power and communication, food supplies will begin to be targeted, especially by those who are hungry or have hungry kids. Grocery stores, convenience stores, and businesses will likely be the first things raided.

After 2-3 weeks, people will begin to turn on each other, rob, and kill to get their hands on food and other necessary supplies. Neighbors, friends, and even family could potentially become a threat to those that have been prepping and haven’t already bugged out of the city.

Sometime within the first month, law enforcement would be almost non existent, gangs would rule the streets, new gangs would begin forming for survival, violent crimes would be through the roof, and chaos would reign.

How Do We Prepare?

Many people are already preparing for this very big possibility by storing food, water, and medicine, but those are not the only way to prepare. Survival preparation isn’t complicated. In fact, there are only four basic things needed for survival.

  1. Fire
  2. Food
  3. Shelter
  4. Water

If you have never prepped a day in your life, but can cover the above four basics, you will survive. The next item on the list would be security. That means have anything from a heavy tree branch to a fully automatic weapon as a means of protection.

Knowledge Is Power

The opening of Isaiah 4:6 reads, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge”, so one of the best ways to prepare is by learning. One website that is a good place to start is my personal site, Indoor Survivalist.com. There are videos and articles there that will teach you the essentials of prepping as well as some of the more complex aspects. If you’d like to be notified of updates, put your email address in the box below.

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Another great source of prepper information is YouTube, followed by the prepper and survivalist forums. If you’ve never thought about preparing, there are a couple of reputable sources with information on where to start and what you should have at the MINIMUM:

Feel free to chime in and let us know if you think there is a reason to prepare or should we just continue about our day to day lives as if all things will remain the same as they have been since the beginning of creation.

Disclaimer

This post is meant to address a POSSIBLE future event. I am in no way saying that this will happen on December 21, 2012.

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  • Minister Fortson says:

    They are a good start for making a list of what you need. LOL. I do agree with your comment though.

    October 17, 2012 at 4:31 pm
  • bliggyblagg says:

    dont trust the sources though. FEMA?? Red Cross? any.Gov?? really?

    October 17, 2012 at 3:53 pm
  • Janice Holloway says:

    Very real possibility that at some point we will need to be survivalists. I learned to plant food, can food, dehydrate foods to eat and keep. If you want to save money, waterbath your prepared jars in the big pot outside on your grill. Be sure to date all your foods. Buy from farmer’s markets or someone locally to save money and prepare your own foods if you don’t or can’t grow a garden. I don’t like guns but we may have no choice but to buy them before the government tries to stop that too. Also, when grocery stores have canned goods on sale buy them if you can and any packaged products that don’t require refrigeration. Thanks for the update.

    October 15, 2012 at 10:30 pm
  • Bob says:

    This article was so needed! Loved it. I don’t go hung- hoe on the prep but my wife and I have two months worth of food and water, protection and we enjoy training together. A plan on where to meet if something happens and we are 40 miles apart… I know where she will be or the route she will attempt. Electricity is our most weakest link… Without it as you have said, man will turn against one another. Thanks again my brother… Wonderful post!

    October 15, 2012 at 8:24 pm
  • kyle says:

    I agree with Dante. there will be many dead people that try to take from others with guns !! there are already so many people that want to shoot people anyway and there is so much coldness of hearts that its going to happen !! i do think it is important to be ready .. I always ask myself should i trust God to take care of me ?? then i think what about the people that are starving do i look the other way when i have the extra food or water ?? i think that as a follower of Jesus i need to keep doing the things that Jesus told us to do, like do not kill do not take other peoples stuff so on .. i am not saying i wouldnt shoot someone or take something, one never knows what he will do when you are scared or hungry !! i know i cant just sit here and wait for God to drop food in my lap or can i ?? lol this is really a confussing thing to answer if one wants to be honest !! its a good thing to think about though !!!

    October 15, 2012 at 7:02 pm
  • Minister Fortson says:

    That’s what firearms are for. LOL. Seriously though. Do you think people are memorizing every single prepper video on YouTube so when it hits the fan, they can possibly track down someone and attempt to steal their stuff? Assuming they are starving, they are going to be weaker, not thinking clearly, and going up against armed men and women. Some might succeed, but the majority of thieves are going to die trying.

    October 15, 2012 at 5:26 pm

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