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By Kellene Bishop

Gasonline Generator photo c/o germes-online.com

Gasonline Generator photo c/o germes-online.com

Obviously, given my line of work, I’m frequently told by people that they are prepared because they have a generator.  Well, I see a whole lot of downsides of owning and relying on one, so I thought I’d share my two cents as to why I don’t plan on ever owning a generator.

  1. Generators are relatively expensive.  If I had to opt between a generator and a firearm, I would definitely select the firearm.  There’s a whole heck of a lot of wheat or water or other emergency preparedness supplies that I can buy in lieu of a generator.  I’d much rather have items that run off of solar power rather than being reliant on a generator.
  2. In many instances, many generators will be destroyed in the event of an EMP strike.  Some older generators may have points and condensers but most of them today are electronic fuel injected, making them useless in the event of an electro-magnetic pulse hit.  So there goes all of the other necessary supplies you could have obtained instead of the generator.
  3. A generator usually takes gasoline to operate.  Gasoline is combustible/flammable.  It’s frankly hard to store it safely.  It also gets old easily.  Generators are temperamental.  The gasoline needs to be clean in order to be effective.  Yes, you can buy a gasoline additive to keep it clean, but that’s that much more money you need to spend on the generator and the gasoline.  Also, the gasoline will not be available to buy once the electricity goes out.  Most pumps are electric.  So you will have to rely solely on the gasoline you have on hand.  And I can think of a whole lot of more important uses for gasoline other than a generator.
  4. Except in the case of emergency medical assistance, I feel like a generator is a temporary luxury that most homes simply can’t afford to have.  If you don’t have a year’s supply of food, fuel, water, ammo, clothing, shelter, financial reserves, medical supplies, and entertainment, then you can’t afford a generator.  It’s not like you’re going to use a generator to keep your refrigerator going or to watch movies on you computer.  Generators should be used for emergency purposes only, not to live off of otherwise.  In my opinion, if I come across the need for a generator, it will be very temporary and for that I can work in trade to obtain the use of or trade with some of my supplies.  Bottom line, if you ever saw me with a generator, it’s because I got it for free along with the fuel I needed for it, or I had so much money to burn and everything else I wanted, I just couldn’t resist.
  5. Solar Oven photo by Preparedness Pro

    Solar Oven photo by Preparedness Pro

    A generator is simply not as necessary as many folks believe.  As I said previously, other than keeping life-saving equipment on, I can’t think of another reason to have one. Yet most folks think they will need one in order to eat, cook, light, cool, and heat with.  They are incorrect.  You’ll have to let Mother Nature do the cooling for you.  You can cook with more stable fuels such as wood, propane, butane, kerosene, isopropyl alcohol, rolled newspapers, charcoal, and solar.  You can live off eating plenty of items that don’t need to be cooked or refrigerated.  You can have light via a candle and several other fuels I’ve mentioned previously.  And the same fuels, as well as quality cold-weather clothing, blankets, and sleeping tents and bags, will provide you and your family with the heat you need.  Sure, when the power goes out you’re going to have some spoilage with the meat.  But you don’t need electricity to recover from that.  You need Mason jars, and a canner, and voila—you don’t need that freezer anymore.  Sure there will be a few things you can live without, but considering all of the non-electrical technology that you can rely on today, losing electricity isn’t the worst thing that can happen to you.  

targetIf you rely on electricity for physical life sustainment, then I recommend that you diligently research the best kind of generator to obtain that will not be affected by an EMP hit, and a way to store fuel for it around your home so that it’s safe.  Also be mindful of the fact that if you have a generator running in hard times, you will be the target of crime and looting.  Be sure that you have a way to secure it so that you can have the use of it when the fit hits the shan.  Don’t plan on using a generator if you’re the lone dweller of a suburb home.  You’ll need some help keeping it running and defending it.

Ultimately, before you rush out to the store thinking you need a generator, think about all of the other priorities that should come first on your preparedness list.

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empA new book has been released illustrating with surprisingly reality and extensive details what would happen to America in the event of an EMP attack (Electric Magnetic Pulse).  The book is “One Second After” by New York Times best-selling author William R. Forstchen, who talked about the possible impact of such an attack on the Sean Hannity Radio Show today.  I’m also quite partial to a book by Pat Frank, “Alas, Babylon” that was wildly popular in the 1950’s which explores a similar situation and the necessary results of human beings having to get back to basics and innovation.  For those of you who don’t know, such an attack is very possible and would paralyze our world as we know it.  It would cause a financial, social, medical, and technical chaos as you’ve never seen previously.  And it would certainly put us all in a true survival mode.  Your world without electricity is much more restrictive than you can imagine.  But with a little preparedness now, you’ll be just fine.  All you have to do is simply learn how to harness the unfailing power of the sun.

Even in the winter, sun powered items will prove to be a boon to your comfort.  Additionally, using the sun in as many instances as possible will enable you to conserve your other fuels such as kerosene, wood, and propane for other purposes.

solar-powered-ovenMy favorite “toy” is my solar powered oven.  It not only cooks things wonderfully, but it can also be used to pasteurize water.  (It also bakes bread, cookies, cooks meats, and everything else I can think of just fine and dandy.)

I also love my solar powered battery recharger.  I had no idea how much I used batteries until I tried to put myself on a battery buying hiatus and started using my stored up amount. I was so disappointed in how many countless batteries I had in my storage that didn’t work any longer.  Rechargeable batteries are clearly the answer, but not when you don’t have any electricity.  Duh for me!  Now, I’ve invested my money in the rechargeable batteries and a great solar powered battery recharger.  You can even find one that will recharge your laptop battery!

Solar powered outdoor lamps are a good idea as well.  I believe that they will provide some semblance of security for my home as I ride out the ensuing chaos in the event of an EMP attack or like magnitude.

home-solar-panelObviously there are some significant alterations you can make to your home at present by adding in solar panels for electricity.  (It’s safer and more practical than using a gas-powered generator, folks.)  With technology like this you don’t necessarily need to go without a hot shower.  This doesn’t need to be an expensive, new-fangled kind of solution.  For less than $350 you can make your own solar powered generator!  

There are also solar powered lights, radios, and cell-phone chargers.  Also a mere 15 minutes of sun daily can provide you with an entire day’s worth of Vitamin D.  Now that’s some lifesaving solar power!

There are far too many options on the types of solar products for me to give you a run down of a specific brands and costs.  I recommend that you do a search on “solar powered + emergency” on the internet.  Just take it one step at a time, but it would indeed be wise to take such steps.  And read “Alas, Babylon.”  I really think you’ll like it!

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