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Posted 2/20/16
I have a 32' sailboat I share with my dad. I have some fishing rods and what not I could grab. My father and my boat can hold my family + grandparents. I have a water purifier that doesn't use electronics. I also have a gravity shower.

I would pack up my canned food/bottled water and sail to somewhere with power.

If it is a worldwide power outage, either go find an island and live there (Castaway!) or in the case people are not going apeshit, start up a colony and work that way. May still sail to Europe with family and do it there though.

Also, I eat everything... so food isn't an issue. I will eat bugs if need be lol.
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VividDreamZ wrote:

Here is my response to this thread.

In the event of a large scale blackout. I haven't really planned extensively, it has been low priority on my list. My main concern would be protecting my valuables, food and water from people looting. In the event that I cannot successfully protect these items, I would need to construct a contingency plan if forced to evacuate my home.

• I have a 2 month supply of canned foods and MRE's.
• 2 month supply of water.
• Plenty of hand sanitizers and wipes.
• 2 Walkie Talkies with a decent amount of range.
• Decent supply of batteries.
• Tons of warm clothing and blankets.
• In progress of getting a firearm.
• Cheap solor powered radio.

I have one friend that lives close by, we would probably join forces to survive. I personally think once I lose my home and supplies I will probably not last too long unless I find shelter someplace else. It would become a situation where the strong take from the weak and I am not sure if I could steal or harm another innocent person to survive.

In crisis situations people are in survival mode, and in chaos people act crazy. People will not act orderly and obey the laws.


umm if this were an EMP I'm pretty sure the radio and walkie talkies would be fried
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I would be totally helpless seeing that I rely on my internet connection for just about everything. Without it, well let's just say that it would be quite tough to get by. At the very least, I still have my cellular data, which will allow me to stay connected even when the power is out as it comes from an external power source. But in any case, I have a backup generator to get by when a power outage hits to at least get by with the essential stuff, though I would still be without an internet connection. Anyway, the power goes out whenever there's a crazy wind storm seeing that there are lots of trees and the wiring in not overly complex to the point where one segment going down means the rest of the area is blacked out.
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Well I'd survive better in the the Caribbean than I will in large city in the UK, besides they're used to having some sudden cuts so they're better prepared.
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I live outside of mass civilization, so getting by without power for a time would not be difficult. It'd be boring, but not life-ending. I have essentials that would not be affected by an EMP wave--alternative heating in my home, oil lamps, tools out the wazoo, a small stockpile of ammunition, etc. I also live near a waterway that runs clear enough to drink (might taste fishy, but it is safe,) and am familiar enough with wild plants that I wouldn't accidentally poison myself by eating them. Not to mention I have enough hard copy manga and novels to keep me reading for a few years straight.
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Posted 2/21/16
not very. in fact im working on a faraday box and enough spar parts to keep my car running. problem is the alternator. i have a spare, but getting it off the car is damn near impossible, so id be stuck with battery power. does a solar cell die in a EMP blast? that was my second thought. 3 cylinder need very little power to run.
tho i could just use the battery to drive, and use a giant full wave bridge or even a giant ass diode to turn the fried alternators AC into DC and use a voltmeter and the tach to keep the charging voltage constant and never short out the field coils.
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Posted 2/21/16

VividDreamZ wrote:
In crisis situations people are in survival mode, and in chaos people act crazy. People will not act orderly and obey the laws.


Aye, I can imagine my crazy neighbors knocking on my door and asking if I want to attend a community meeting. Oh god, they might even ask politely to borrow my truck if they want to get some things. Bottled water? A generator? Tools to dig a well? Who knows what madness they will come up with. I fear for my life in case of a crisis, being surrounded by all these middle-class families in a gated community like this.
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I live in a small house with 6 people and 6 cats. We would be dead pretty fast. The cats would eat us.
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Chances of me being dead in the first 6-10 months are very high.
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Posted 2/21/16

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Aye, I can imagine my crazy neighbors knocking on my door and asking if I want to attend a community meeting. Oh god, they might even ask politely to borrow my truck if they want to get some things. Bottled water? A generator? Tools to dig a well? Who knows what madness they will come up with. I fear for my life in case of a crisis, being surrounded by all these middle-class families in a gated community like this.


Yeah your neighbours seem nice enough now , but when shit hits the fan people can and frequently change dramatically. And the higher up the financial ladder they are the more dramatic the change.
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Ranwolf wrote:


Kavalion wrote:


Aye, I can imagine my crazy neighbors knocking on my door and asking if I want to attend a community meeting. Oh god, they might even ask politely to borrow my truck if they want to get some things. Bottled water? A generator? Tools to dig a well? Who knows what madness they will come up with. I fear for my life in case of a crisis, being surrounded by all these middle-class families in a gated community like this.


Yeah your neighbours seem nice enough now , but when shit hits the fan people can and frequently change dramatically. And the higher up the financial ladder they are the more dramatic the change.


You are not wrong in the part.
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27 / M / Louisville, KY
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Not only do I lose internet, but power too!? OH NOES! *Hides in corner.*
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due to the lack of enduring the elements of the world the majority of people will die from exposure and infections, if the power is out long enough canabalism or however you spell it will cause the remainder of deaths due to no actual means to replenish food supplies to meet the demands of even an mediocre population.... electricity is the least of your worries, Rule #1 is Zombieland is what again people? and as for my own survivability I frequently go out into the middle of nowhere and make my own shelter and tools from scratch. practice makes perfect people. Hnting and then skinning and cooking what you get takes practice too.
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I would be alight. Food / water / shelter are taken care of. If it's only a year it wouldn't be a big deal. Much bigger problem if you live in a city, but I live in a smallish town in Illinois. If you are talking no power forever, well that's more difficult. I would like to think the community would pull together and make it work, but who knows.
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29 / M / Atlanta, GA, USA
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Ranwolf wrote:Yeah your neighbours seem nice enough now , but when shit hits the fan people can and frequently change dramatically. And the higher up the financial ladder they are the more dramatic the change.


Yes, they will change dramatically. They will suddenly want to be my best friend and conscript my help. And, of course, I'd have no reason to refuse.

Worst thing they'll do is shoot the plebs outside the neighborhood trying to climb the fence. No real loss, though.
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