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What would you do if there was no electricity?
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I'd probably go out to shoot some hoops or work out. I'd probably actually be able to finish my homework quicker without distractions. Then I'd end up reading a book and sleeping/eating the majority of the time.
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spend time outside.. where there is light..
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I'd follow these steps, pretty much in order:

1. Fill my bathtub, sinks, and empty bottles with water from the taps. Store used water (such as dish water) for distillation.
2. Check on my neighbors, making sure they're safe and gathering any information on the outage from them that I can.
3. Save all perishable food items by drying, salting, pickling, or jarring. Collect seeds from vegetables and tomatoes.
4. Set up a cross-breeze or make sure the house is well insulated, depending on the weather.
5. Dig a pit toilet. Use a plastic or steel garbage can to hold waste away from soil, seek out a dumping ground for waste ASAP.
6. Seek out a regular water source nearby such as a lake, river, pond, or stream.
7. Build a solar oven from cardboard boxes, aluminum foil, glue, wool fabric, and clothes hangers.
8. Build a simple distillation apparatus for purifying water.
9. Build a hearth.
10. Dig a garden away from the outhouse and plant the vegetable seeds.

To entertain myself after all the essentials were taken care of, my manga collection and the local library would become very valuable indeed. To protect myself from less scrupulous figures, I'd make sure that my windows were properly sealed and barred, my doors were sturdy (glass doors would have to go), and all locks were in good working order.

Edit: Forgot to mention how I'd deal with the potential for burglary.
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The biggest problems would be food, heat and communication. Since you only stated electricity I assume things like generator's, car's, batteries, kerosene will still exist. So Kerosene could be a heat source, you could use battery operated camp lanterns for light and a generator that uses gas or kerosene as a power source for refrigeration, use walkie talkies to communicate..

For me the biggest problem would finding someone to organize the neighborhood that had the know how to use alternate sources of power.
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BlueOni wrote:

I'd follow these steps, pretty much in order:

1. Fill my bathtub, sinks, and empty bottles with water from the taps. Store used water (such as dish water) for distillation.
2. Check on my neighbors, making sure they're safe and gathering any information on the outage from them that I can.
3. Save all perishable food items by drying, salting, pickling, or jarring. Collect seeds from vegetables and tomatoes.
4. Set up a cross-breeze or make sure the house is well insulated, depending on the weather.
5. Dig a pit toilet. Use a plastic or steel garbage can to hold waste away from soil, seek out a dumping ground for waste ASAP.
6. Seek out a regular water source nearby such as a lake, river, pond, or stream.
7. Build a solar oven from cardboard boxes, aluminum foil, glue, wool fabric, and clothes hangers.
8. Build a simple distillation apparatus for purifying water.
9. Build a hearth.
10. Dig a garden away from the outhouse and plant the vegetable seeds.

To entertain myself after all the essentials were taken care of, my manga collection and the local library would become very valuable indeed.


Huh ?
I didn't know this was survival training.
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Re-invent it.

But to go along, go all walking dead mode: kill and survive.
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Well, first panic. Then...find a way to brew coffee!
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butthurtking wrote:

Huh ?
I didn't know this was survival training.


I'm operating on the assumption that the OP's question is less "What would you do during a blackout" and more "What would you do if the power went out and you knew it was never coming back". I also neglected myself of the ability to construct voltaic cells or generators.

Several of the steps I mentioned would be unnecessary if a temporary blackout was all there was to deal with, and that's really what step 2 was for: finding out what's going on. Specific steps to be excluded during a blackout known to be temporary would include things you'd probably expect to not need to do, like preserving my food, digging a toilet, and making a hearth. Steps to follow regardless of a blackout's expected duration would include things like filling the bathtub with water, checking on one's neighbors, and establishing a cross-breeze or heat trap.

It's best to know what to do in either scenario. Stay alert, stay alive.
Posted 2/19/13

BlueOni wrote:


butthurtking wrote:

Huh ?
I didn't know this was survival training.


I'm operating on the assumption that the OP's question is less "What would you do during a blackout" and more "What would you do if the power went out and you knew it was never coming back". I also neglected myself of the ability to construct voltaic cells or generators.

Several of the steps I mentioned would be unnecessary if a temporary blackout was all there was to deal with, and that's really what step 2 was for: finding out what's going on. Specific steps to be excluded during a blackout known to be temporary would include things you'd probably expect to not need to do, like preserving my food, digging a toilet, and making a hearth. Steps to follow regardless of a blackout's expected duration would include things like filling the bathtub with water, checking on one's neighbors, and establishing a cross-breeze or heat trap.

It's best to know what to do in either scenario. Stay alert, stay alive.


Well, I would kill myself, first I cannot live without porn, phone laptop etc.
And I'm sure it takes electricty to make the medicine I take, so either way I am fucked.
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butthurtking wrote:

Well, I would kill myself, first I cannot live without porn, phone laptop etc.
And I'm sure it takes electricty to make the medicine I take, so either way I am fucked. :P


Well, we do have magazines for satisfying certain needs, and in all likelihood they're not going to be the first thing that vanishes from the shelves (that would be canned food and bottled water, I'd expect). The medicine presents a much more interesting challenge, one I hadn't thought of because I'm not on any medications. You'd probably want to check with your local emergency response teams and pharmacies as one of your earliest steps.

You could survive without electricity, I expect. It'd at least be worth it to try.
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Masturbate if I wasn't in a relationship (Which I am not) to be honest...

Life.
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Same thing I do everyday! Sit in front of my monitor clicking my mouse at random intervals daydreaming about something unrelated.
Posted 2/19/13

BlueOni wrote:


butthurtking wrote:

Well, I would kill myself, first I cannot live without porn, phone laptop etc.
And I'm sure it takes electricty to make the medicine I take, so either way I am fucked. :P


Well, we do have magazines for satisfying certain needs, and in all likelihood they're not going to be the first thing that vanishes from the shelves (that would be canned food and bottled water, I'd expect). The medicine presents a much more interesting challenge, one I hadn't thought of because I'm not on any medications. You'd probably want to check with your local emergency response teams and pharmacies as one of your earliest steps.

You could survive without electricity, I expect. It'd at least be worth it to try.


Well I can cut the pills into 1 MG each LOL I doubt that would work (each pill is 200 MG)
but maginzes are the same newvideos get uploaded daily and they don't move
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butthurtking wrote:

Well I can cut the pills into 1 MG each LOL I doubt that would work (each pill is 200 MG)
but maginzes are the same newvideos get uploaded daily and they don't move


My, aren't we a finicky "apocalypse" survivor? My pictures don't move, I might as well die now!
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