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Saturday, November 28, 2015

A taste of grid down

Here's my WND column for this weekend entitled A Sobering Taste of Grid Down.


  1. Being far from cities is wonderful. Having like-minded neighbors (like the one who help others get water) is priceless.

    As an aside, when I read the title, 'A Taste of Grid Down' I assumed you were referring to the videos of Black Friday zombie-shoppers across this fallen nation. Pallets of fried dried food could have been on sale and they would have just gotten trampled by shoppers rushing for Chinese junk.

    You are right. If the grid goes down, the demographics of the country will change fast.
    Montana Guy

  2. Excellent closing paragraph. If you have the funds, I'd also consider getting your ham radio license.

  3. So glad you made it through the storm okay. Great article!

    As an aside, why are the links missing for Paratus and Survival blog (and a third link that I can't remember)? I just see gray boxes with unhappy faces on my screen.

    1. Oops, thanks for pointing that out. We did some rearrangement on the blog awhile back and forgot to re-add those links. You can now see them on the left-hand side under "Must-read blogs."

      - Patrice

  4. Isn't there a way to transfer water from your pond to your livestock?

    1. After a summer of drought, the pond is almost dry; and what's left is frozen solid

      - Patrice

  5. I rose early this morning, to thank the Lord, drink my coffee, and try to make sense of anxiety I have felt since the wind storm.
    We fared quite well as we have a solar system and are shopping for a small wood stove for the house.
    We are blessed to have a couple dozen apple trees, three pear trees, several cherry and my favorite, one plum trees. The garden did fine despite several weeks of neglect during my father's illness and subsequent death. We are fencing the place ourselves and it's slow going. There are deer and an abundance of turkeys. The quail are plentiful and the dog knows she is to " leave it ". The elderberry and many of the wild raspberries did not get picked, as there weren't enough hours in the day.
    We moved to a land of abundance, from a small town in the mountains with eight months of snow. So what is my worry?
    The fact that the residents of the mountain town, about 500 full timers, out of necessity were prepared for long term grid down situations. It seemed to be a given.
    We stumbled upon this little panhandle of Idaho town and fell in love with it. Our place is a few miles out and in the "banana belt". Life is easier! It is a great retirement place.
    And therein lies the problem. There's a large percentage of people here that seem to just hold their breath and tread water, waiting to be rescued. It puts us in a precarious position for sure.
    It's not feasible to interview potential neighbors to determine whether or not they have a modicum of foresight and have the ability to take care of themselves or whether they just intend to take other people's preps.
    No one knows what we have or don't have, other than the solar panels that are visible.
    When the apples were ripe, I mentioned to a local coffee shop owner that I might sell some and he laughed, stating he could not give his away. He advised to donate to the food bank and I countered maybe some one in need would pick their own if I posted it on the local FB page and he laughed out loud.
    It's a trade off, living in this beautiful place vs living in another beautiful place that is harsh and demands compliance.

  6. Our well is half as deep as yours, but we face the same problem. Incidentally, we moved from our off-grid homestead because we got surrounded by dope growers and life there became intolerable. Now back on-grid, but with most of the solar system here.

    So, to address the deep well pump I found this:


    This jewel will power the pump from our usual array of panels and batteries. Give it some thought. Our system is all 24 volt solar panels feeding a large battery bank. That 240 volt inverter will power the well pump. Another 120 volt inverter powers the must have circuits...lights, freezer, and such.


  7. sidetrack,
    could you anonymously mail some copies of that grid down book [ted koppel?] to a few people?
    they would talk about the incidents at the cafe. maybe get something serious going , aside from chatter about the 'mad hatter book giver'?

    1. There is a local church that mails fliers to every address regarding preparedness creating a safety net for residents, especially those that may not have resources . I inquired about the group to my neighbors and the response was fairly unanimous in the opinion that it wasn't necessary as " what could go wrong?" And that the church was a lunatic fringe "like the Preppers in the hills. "
      For now we are going to do what we do and enjoy doing it, while praying others are doing the same.
      Thanks, Deborah!

  8. I like it.
    You discover a hole that needs patching (your well access), and you immediately begin working to patch the hole.
    I can't understand why everyone wouldn't do the same, but they won't.

  9. Have you considered setting up a cistern for your animal. That way you will at least have a tankful if water to draw from. A 2500 gallon tanks runs around $1,000. Or you can start with smaller 275 gallon totes and daisy chain them together as you can afford them.

  10. Have you ever looked into Bison Pumps (bisonpump.com)? They are made in Maine. We have installed one in our deep well and if the power goes out we can still manually pump water. We are in the North West mountains of Maine and the winters are not always friendly. The hand pump unit is stainless steel and has the capability to self drain down 7 feet so the pipe doesn't freeze. We are very pleased that we purchased this item. The folks at Bison Pump are very helpful. I would recommend you check them out.