“It’s Quiet, Too Quiet..” usually heard before the attack
I was watching a very informative piece by Canadian Prepper who addressed something we might not take into consideration in either the classic SHTF or even a simple power outage. It will be Quiet, and eventually, it will get Dark.
Obviously, those of us who deal with the potential of power outages know to have flashlights or even candles as a standby and it’s what myself and others who have taken it upon ourselves to share with others about Preparation to use as a start. What might not be considered are the psychological effects of an extended power outage on people who are used to a constant stimulus of electronic input. Watching TV while Surfing the Internet while Texting while Ordering Something Through Alexa. When there’s no power, all that goes away. At best, it will mean having to actually have personal interaction with others and finding ways to entertain yourself, at worst, those people that have become accustomed to, or even addicted to, multiple inputs of data are going to have a rough time of it.
Find someone who spends a lot of time outside, in rural areas or beyond. Ask them what it’s like transitioning from a secluded, un-powered (if they’re in the woods etc.) lifestyle to times when they have to enter “Civilization.” It might be as hard for them as the other group.
Before I continue, a clarification. Am I advocating for everyone to give up high-speed internet and Netflix? No. I am saying that we can have the B4 equation* ready but for some, possibly even ourselves, the Psychological mindset and adaptations that could be needed in a power outage is going to present a new challenge we didn’t take into account.
Of course, the bibliophiles will be chuckling at people staring at dead Tablet Readers, and stocking up a few paper versions of books, both informational AND entertaining is a good idea. I, and others have strongly suggested for families with children that including some books in a bug-out bag or other emergency preps will go a long way to keep them distracted and even informed about what’s going on. Two good resources for that I can suggest is http://booksbyjeanne.com for a HUGE selection of great books for kids of all ages and even adults and http://train4safety.com/ which a line of books specifically dedicated to teaching children about emergency preparedness. These are not affiliate links – I know both the women who own these and chose to support them.
A common exercise suggested by experts is to test your preparation methods practically by either doing a day/weekend camping trip in the backyard, or more realistically, cutting the power in the residence. The latter will absolutely test what works and what doesn’t in your plans. Without going to that extreme, an option could be a day/weekend Analog Entertainment Only time. Reading, cards, board games, anything not reliant on power. It would serve the purpose of both training younger kids (and adults) on getting used to what could happen as well as a wake up for other kids (AND adults) about what it would be like in a power outage. An old military training adage goes, “The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in battle” could apply. If a known option and plan is in place for when the house goes dark and the devices stop beeping, you and your family will now have the option to Respond to the Event instead of Reacting and therefore not Beware, but Be Aware.
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