Would you be prepared to survive a nation-wide blackout?
National Geographic Channel asked this question on October 27th, 2013 in its made-for-tv movie event, American Blackout. This mini-series explores the imagined situation of a national power failure caused by a cyber attack. American Blackout is told in “real-time,” over a period of ten days and is based on fictional accounts that American citizens video recorded on cameras and cell phones.
This series may make you think about what you would do in a similar situation and if you are prepared. National Geographic anticipates that while watching this show, “You’ll learn what it means to be absolutely powerless. Gritty, visceral and totally immersive, see what it might take to survive from day one, and who would be left standing when the lights come back on.”
In anticipation for this new series, you can visit the American Blackout Channel, where you’ll find video clips from the show, and a list of blackout survival tips. The site also includes articles on the history of blackouts around the world and advice from preparedness experts on what items and skills you need to have to survive emergency situations.
Check out this interactive experience that gives you facts about the real-life blackouts as you journey through a “10-day blackout period.” With each fact, the site will ask you questions to personalize your experience like, “do you keep your gas tank at least half full, or re-fuel only when the tank is empty?” They will then give you facts on why it’s important to keep your fuel tank half full at all times.
To find out more about when American Blackout will air in your city, visit http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/american-blackout/.
And while you’re waiting for the show to re-air, read up on how to have light during an emergency. Check out our Insight article:
“Light During an Emergency”
And check out the latest solar power products from Goal Zero to be sure you’ve got power if a blackout hits your town.