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How Will You Know What Has Happened When ‘IT’ Happens?

How Will You Know What Has Happened When ‘IT’ Happens?

This article was written by Lizzie Bennett and originally published at Underground Medic

One day something huge is going to happen, something that alters our lives, all of our lives, for at least a generation and possibly longer. Most people consider that losing all access to electrical power will be the one thing that wipes tens of millions of people from the face of the planet.

Opinions vary as to what will cause that catastrophic failure. An electromagnetic pulse, either natural or manufactured, a massive coronal mass ejection from a solar flare, a terrorist attack on the computer control systems or just a lightening strike causing a cascading failure of an outdated power grid by blowing a transformer or six that blacks out a chunk of the country.

The question is if it is something that is country wide, or even bigger and maybe affecting a whole hemisphere of the planet, will we ever really know what caused it? Will knowing what caused it actually matter at that point? More importantly, are you ready for such an event?

The fact that power failure could happen in an instant, possibly without warning is an alarming thought.

The day could start normally, the alarm goes off, you get up and drag yourself to the bathroom for a shower, everything is just as it should be. You dress and go downstairs to have your first cup of coffee of the day.

The kettle does not boil, you flick the light switch to see if that’s working, it’s not. The fuse box is okay, nothing blown.

Obviously there’s a power outage, but at this point there is no way of knowing how widespread it is.

Your mobile phone has no signal, your land line is most likely one of those on an electric base unit, a cordless. If it is, it won’t work. If your blessed with an old fashioned wired phone you may be able to raise someone at the electricity company, but that depends on the phone system they have.

That could be it, that fast. One minute you are getting ready to face the day, the next you are wondering if you will be able to get a coffee on the way to work.

There’s a distinct possibility that coffee may prove a little elusive. A large CME or EMP has the ability to knock out the electrical systems on your car, you may be okay with an older vehicle but nobody knows for sure because we haven’t experienced it yet.

Even if your vehicle does work the pumps at the petrol station won’t so make sure you have enough fuel to get back from where you are going.

The idea here is not to give suggestions, not to tell you a load of things many of you will already know, it’s to make you think, as it made me think when I was writing it, about just how prepared I really am for such an event.

Normalcy bias dictates that the majority of the population would assume that it is a local outage and that the power will be back on within hours. This is especially true if it is summer, people expect some weather related blackouts in the winter.

How those people will feel a few days, or weeks after is any ones guess. Some will attempt to take from others, some will get stuck in and do what they can to keep themselves and their families going, some will sit there waiting for help to come, and will very likely die before it does.

For those of us that choose to prep as a lifestyle choice there are still improvements that we can make. there is always something we can do to make our life easier should disaster strike. If however, we are fortunate enough that nothing major happens on our watch prepping still makes sense.

  • Even if we never use the skills we have learnt in an a crash situation most of them have value in our everyday lives and will have enormous value when taught to the next generation who may not be so lucky in dodging the bullet as we have.

  • The food we store, even if not used in a life or death situation, is a good hedge against job loss or income restriction due to illness, not to mention food price inflation.

  • The manual equipment we have accumulated will one day be of use even if it is to our descendants and not ourselves.

  • The precious metals we have struggled to accumulate may not be used for trade, but they form a nice little inheritance pot for the kids when we are gone.

Prepping really does make sense on so many levels.

I would be too scared to sleep if I knew that I was existing on food brought daily, if I didn’t have seeds and a little bit of shiny metal tucked away. I couldn’t rest if I didn’t have the ability to mend clothes or knit a sweater or blanket. I like the security that preparedness gives me.

If a countrywide or even global disaster befalls our generation I want to know that I have done everything I can to get me and mine through it. By accepting the fact that we are not the blessed generation, that a major catastrophe has as much chance of happening to us as to previous generations or coming generations I feel I am taking charge of my own life, and the lives of my family.

By doing so I am hoping that should such a disaster strike, we will have the opportunity to not just survive, but thrive. Compared to the lifestyle we have now it will be hard work, but state of mind plays a big part in surviving any life threatening and life changing event.

So, if you get up one morning and all of a sudden everything is not as it should be…are you ready?





  1. Gloom and Doom.
    The world is ending.
    “Oh….and buy this stuff from me to solve that problem.”

    Jesus is coming.
    “So give our church all of your money, Then you have a gate pass for the Pearly Gates.”

    The sky is falling and evil terrorist are out to kill you.
    “So give up all your liberty and freedom. Let TSA grope and humiliate your wife to get on a plane.
    Oh yes and we will go through her panties too. Then you will be safe.”

    Folks. There are enough real problems to ponder, get aggravated about, and loose sleep over.
    We don’t need made up “what if BS.”

    Most people here at OK are very squared away.
    If they aren’t then they must be regular Army. Just kidding. Calm down grunts.
    People here are tuned in to the grown up channel. We see writing on the horizon.
    ….yes….even the ARMY grunts are likely “squared and prepared.” ……couldn’t resist.

    Point being that a sense of humor and a certain acceptance of our mortality is required
    for good positive mental altitude. I’ve had enough of end of days BS.
    We are living in Interesting Times. Never a dull moment. Just accept it.
    After getting squared away. Hug the kids. Pat the wife’s bottom. Drink a beer. Say a prayer.
    Be grateful for the good days we have now. Grateful and Thankful for each moment of life.
    Love and Peace.

    It will all work out. Say your prayers. Everyone here will do the best they can. Good people here.

    EDITOR’S NOTE: I believe the message of the article is that one does not have to “be afraid” if they are indeed prepared. That means NEVER assuming (assumptions are for fools) that a potential disaster is not a concern. An EMP induced crisis is certainly a concern, not to mention a grid down scenario. So, are you prepared? If not, then I would spend less time “patting the wife’s bottom” and spend more time taking her future and yours seriously. This is not “doom and gloom”, it’s just common sense.

  2. I concur. I wondered why no one else noticed?:
    Merchants manipulate with FEAR. Merchants want to sell you goods.
    Book sellers manipulate with FEAR. Book sellers need to sell books.
    Church, Mosque, street corner Preachers, ALL manipulate with FEAR. Most of these guys want a free ride on your dime.
    Media: TV, Radio, NewsPaper, Net web sites, all want you to read-watch-listen, so their numbers attract advertisers.
    Bad news sells. Bleeds it leads. People read.

    POLITICIANS:The ABSOLUTE WORSE FEAR MONGERS on Planet Earth. How many human beings would be ALIVE and have all of their body parts still attached if ONLY FIGHTING MEN IGNORED the Politicians cries for WAR. Ever notice that Politicians and their kids NEVER fight on the front line? If they fight at all?

    WE ARE ALL BEING MANIPULATED towards a direction and course of action.
    Maybe we should all just drop out and unplug?

    But oh yeah. That is how we got a TREASONOUS-COMMUNIST-ANTI AMERICAN-CRIMINAL who
    pretends to be a KING. Like your “change’?

    It is difficult to know what is really up with anything anymore. EVERYONE is MANIPULATING and LIEING for thier own enrichment.
    What about king Obummer. Obummer just wants TOTAL, INTENTIONAL American DESTRUCTION. Oh yes, and to shoot hoops and play golf. While his changed Amerika slides into the abyss. Guess golf is now more interesting than pretending to be president? Maybe that is why no decent person ever runs for office? They had rather play golf too?

  3. @ Terrell, “What about king Obummer.”

    What about him? He isn’t even occupying lawfully US Presidential position within the federal government. He was NEVER a lawful presidential candidate in 2008 (neither was H. Clinton), so he can NEVER be a US President whatever the idiots are trying to pass off to the gullible.

    What I cannot understand is with all the constitutional lawyers we have in this nation why they have not started proceedings for prosecution. There is a whole list of people who need it.

    The 2008 Democratic Nominating Committee (DNC) document did not include language stating that Obama was qualified to be a candidate. The 2008 Republican Nominating Committee (RNC) document did, as is normal. This shows that the DNC knew that Obama was not qualified, or why change the form?

    Obama Eligibility: Pelosi Supplied Altered Congressional Records To The 2008 Election Commission!

    “Previous cases challenging Obama’s eligibility have all been rejected on technical grounds. Numerous courts have decided that the plaintiffs do not have “standing” to bring a suit against Obama because they have failed to prove they are directly injured by his occupation of the Oval Office.”

    So why is this fraud? It is very simple:Pelosi and the DNC obviously prepared 2 documents but discarded the first in favor of hiding the truth and to CTA (cover their ass). It was the second document (the Exhibit 2 document) that was delivered to the Election Commission and is now of record in all fifty state Election Commission offices, state DNC headquarters, complete with date stamps, matching signatures, even the same Notary of Public authentication, and absent the constitutional text.Not only is this fraud, it is a conspiracy:When the truth finally gets out and Obama goes down for eligibility… Pelosi signed two Official Certifications of Nomination for Obama and Biden at the DNC Convention last August. Read the language carefully and note the difference between them:


    South Bend, Indiana jury that Election Fraud put BOTH Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton on the presidential primary ballot in Indiana in the 2008 election.

    Four MORE Democrats arrested for Voter Fraud in Indiana

    UPDATE January 9, 2012 – 8 Arrested for Absentee Voter Fraud in Madison County, Florida. The NAACP is up in arms over the arrests saying the FBI is some how suppressing minority voters by arresting and charging minorities for actually illegally voting.

    7 Democrats Arrested in New York for actual Voter Fraud via Absentee Ballots
    12 Democrats have been Charged in Georgia for Absentee Ballot Voter Fraud
    NAACP Executive Sentence to 10 Years in Prison for Voting for Obama 10 Times in 2008

    While NAACP President Benjamin Jealous lashed out at new state laws requiring photo ID for voting, an NAACP executive sits in prison, sentenced for carrying out a massive voter fraud scheme… In April 2011, a Tunica County, Miss., jury convicted NAACP official Lessadolla Sowers on 10 counts of fraudulently casting absentee ballots.

    4 Wake County, North Carolina Democrats have Admitted to Voting for Obama TWICE Each in 2008

    Daytona Beach City Democrat Commissioner and his Campaign Manager arrested for Absentee Ballot Voter Fraud

    LAKE COUNTY, Ill. – An illegal alien from the Philippines was arrested Thursday morning on a felony complaint charging her with 17 counts related to voter fraud in Lake County

    Indiana Voter Fraud – Please note that we have TWO Separate voter fraud issues in this state to address: 1. Absentee Ballot Voter Fraud; 2. Obama’s Signature Fraud

    A Milwaukee couple wept and hugged their lawyers Wednesday after a jury found them not guilty of election fraud for voting twice in the 2008 presidential election… The Gunkas admitted casting both absentee and election-day ballots, but insisted the latter was only because they honestly believed the former had not been counted, due in part to talk radio discussions that raised their fear of fraud and stolen votes. They said they never meant to have each vote count.

    … nearly a dozen convicted felons have been charged with voter fraud for lying on registration forms during the 2008 presidential campaign.

    The crimes took place in Virginia, where ironically Democratic lawmakers opposing a voter ID law recently contended there was no evidence of election fraud in their state. Like their party’s national leaders and other assorted liberals, Virginia Dems claim such measures discriminate against minorities.

    Basically there was election fraud in each state, but so many were not charged, charges were dropped, etc.

    obama is NOT the US president, and he NEVER will be. Non caps on “obama” deliberate. He is a TRAITOR to the USA, he is a MURDERER, First Degree Murder – “assassination powers”, terrorist: 28 C.F.R. Section 0.85 Terrorism is defined as “the unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives”. , and much much more.

  4. Cal you never cease to amaze me with the knowledge you have of our laws. I just wish a person with your integrity could be our President! We so need a strong leader in this country. In my eyes we do have one. It’s the combined population of this great country! That is how our founders set it up. We don’t really need term limits. We already have them. It’s called. (vote those idiots out) ASAP!
    You’re correct all the lawyers out there and no one is even suggesting that he be arrested along with all the other contributors to this coo. And that’s what I call it my friend. We had a coo in 08! The Muslim Brotherhood has taken the WH. They are destroying us from the top down.
    I keep telling anyone that will listen, that our muslim in chief is doing to this country exactly what his reverend was preaching to his flock. And the chief said for 20 years he didn’t hear any of the bad things he said. I can’t believe that people bought into that lie!
    He has had so many gaff’s in the time since he was elected that prove he isn’t an American. He has had many Freudian slips, that only a few have mentioned. Yet if Palin says something slightly inaccurate the media is all over it!
    If and when the time comes, the media’s treatment of this whole situation has to be addressed. If they had done their job in the first place, and not covered up the info that needed to be put out there we wouldn’t be in this mess. The low info voters is actually the right phrase, because if you don’t have the information you can’t make the right choice. Bless you and all the other OK’s for what you do.

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