You Need To Act Rather Than React

By: Tom Chatham

You wake up one morning and there is no power. You say ok, maybe there is a local power problem. You check your cell phone and it works but there is no signal. You start up your generator and your home comes back to life. Everything works so you know the problem is not an EMP attack so you feel better. You turn on the radio to see if you can find out about the power outage but all you get is static on all settings. You turn on your TV and get nothing but static on all channels. You try the internet but your satellite direct connection is dead. You think ok, maybe there is some very bad solar interference so you try to call out on your land line and it is dead. Now you start to worry some. You go outside and start your car and it runs fine but that radio does not work either.

You drive into town to see if you can find out any news but the situation is the same there. No power from the grid and no communications from any source. What does it mean? At this point most of the sheep will just resort to their usual mini-emergency persona complaining they don’t have any heat or air conditioning, they cannot watch their favorite shows, they cannot spend hours talking meaningless dribble on the phone or they cannot get on the internet. For many this will result in aggravation and mounting hostility toward whoever they plan to yell at for this latest inconvenience.

The sheep dogs out there will likely take this lack of communication as a sign something sinister is happening and they will endeavor to find out what. But how? At this point, what would be your next move? That is not a rhetorical question. What would YOU do? This is the crux of the problem. Most people set around after an event waiting to be told what to do and be informed what is going on. In the event of total communication failure, the country could literally be under attack an nobody would know about it.

Given the recent revelations about government agencies stockpiling munitions and the current world situation, this type of situation is more likely as the days pass. This could be the result of cyber attacks, foreign enemy invasion, a U.S. government takeover or a combination of these things. With a lack of communications, you would not know so what would your first move be?

Some may take this as a sign to go to a retreat location, lock down their home or make contact with like minded individuals in their group. In this situation there are no clear one size fits all answers. Who you are and the situation you live in will define what you do or should do next. The point is, what would you do, right now, today, if this happened? Have you ever thought about that? Maybe you should. If this is the beginning of something sinister, time is critical.

If I were going to seize control of a nation the size of the U.S. the first thing I would want to do is create a minor emergency to divert attention by cutting everyone off from information and basic services. This would create enough chaos and confusion to mask movement of forces and prevent any type of civilian response in the initial hours. If foreign forces wanted to land unimpeded or the government wanted to begin gun confiscation or roundup of subversives, this would be a good way to prevent that from becoming common knowledge that could warn potential targets of what was coming. This could prevent any resistance from forming.

The public would be almost helpless in the face of this type of move. This brings us back to the question, what would you do if this happened to you right now? What would be your first moves? That is something everyone needs to think about right now while they can think clearly and determine a plan of action. There are many different types of scenarios and you should explore some of the answers now because when it happens, you may not have the luxury of time to plan a proper reaction. In the unstable world we now live in, the crazy things are becoming more of a reality every day.

You do not want your first indication that something is very wrong to be tanks and troops moving down your streets, bombs falling or masked thugs breaking through your front door “to help you“. If this happens, your well laid plans may be over before they start. A shortwave radio may be of use, and maybe not. A plan for messages passed from town to town by individual messengers may work, and maybe not. A plan to use bicycles or horses as transportation may work, and maybe not. You need to figure that out now so you can act rather than react to the situation.


Posted on April 2, 2014, in Preparedness and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Reblogged this on Forever Ready and commented:
    A scary scenario for sure! Food for thought…

  2. “Everything works so you know the problem is not an EMP attack so you feel better. ”

    Or EMP was far enough away that it didn’t affect things in your house. Or EMP doesn’t work quite as advertised.

    In any case, IF there is no power, and no radio/TV transmissions ( most of them have backup generators that will operate for a short time at least ), then one can assume the worst has happened….because both the power AND the ability to transmit are gone….two completely separate issues. EMP or solar flare or attack… doesn’t much matter. The bottom line is going to be the same if the power is out for more than a day or two….a mass die off.

    Assuming you live out of town, driving to town is the LAST thing you would want to do….because thing will turn ugly real soon as people come to realize life as they knew it is over. The only reason I could see going is to pick up a loved one.

    Personally, I live in a small mountain valley with mountains that rise 800-1,000′ on either side of the valley. Access is only one road over a gap on the upper end, and the same road out the lower (creek) end. My plan is to connect with a neighbor, both of us have heavy equipment ( backhoes, dozers, excavator ), and physically close the upper road with a combination of falling timber, and ditches across the road. If someone isn’t home when we close things down, they’ll have a 5-6 mile walk once they reach to the closure point on the other side of the upper end. On the lower end, we plan to build a “gate” out of a large log across the road, and man a checkpoint at that end. Traffic would be allowed on a case-by-case basis.

    Our hope is to close ourselves off from the outside chaos until things settle down.

    • When something catastrophic happens it is usually safe to assume the worst but do not allow yourself to get tunnel vision. The government can take down the grid and communications while allowing most of their systems to continue working. If the intent is to create chaos to assume control, then they will also want the ability to use the infrastructure later when they have control. An EMP would destroy most if not all of the surveillance apparatus and infrastructure and that is something they would want to maintain for future use. When something unknown happens information is critical so you know exactly what you are up against. If it was an EMP you need to know for sure because within 5 days every nuclear plant in the country could start to melt down. That would contaminate most of the northern hemisphere and change your survival plans drastically.

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