Grid Down Wargaming

The troubles in the Eastern United States are serious, and we would not want to belittle what is happening to our countrymen there. If you are in the middle of that mess, we’re hoping you come through it okay. No one expected these kinds of results from the weather. Some of those without preparations are having a hard time.

We can learn from it all, however. We can see that the loss of power, even locally, transforms a pretty nice existence into something unsure and dangerous. Here are some stories from the news today.

Virginia and D.C. area traffic signals are without power. Story. They are supposed to be mostly up and running Monday. 750,000 people were without power after Friday’s triple storms passed through.

Power could be out for days. Passengers on a train stranded for 20 hours. 911 service down, or crippled. Story.

Pictures of storms clouds and damaged vehicles and buildings.

Officials getting upset with July 6th estimate for power restoration. Story.


What we are seeing in these stories is the unavoidable effect of power disruption to a large region, the efforts by the utility company to restore power to as many large grid sections ASAP, and the angered response of public officials at the long restoration estimate.

What we are not seeing much is a negative public reaction. Because most other infrastructure remains serviceable to some degree or another, people are doing a good job of coping. But we have more record temperatures on the way, and less of the ability to react to them.

A prepper with sufficient supplies will be able to get through the worst of it. At a minimum he should have 2 weeks of food and water for this scenario, fuel to run his vehicle for basic needs and some way to stay cool. Basic shelter and dietary needs.

We read that some homes were damaged by falling trees. If the building ends up red-tagged, the occupants (if alive) would need to locate alternate living facilities. This should be part of a prepper’s backup plan. It would be a relative’s place, or an RV somewhere. It might be a proactive part of overall planning to service trees that are close to the home, and to remove those that are an obvious storm damage danger. 20/20 hindsight, but something we can all use from this point forward.

Those that were stranded on the train were in a micro-disaster situation. These people were able to exit the train, which was blocked in on both sides by downed trees, and get some exercise. Buses were required to transport them away. Had the train been damaged in a more remote area, the prepper’s get-home-bag (GHB) would be a valuable tool.

Read these articles and imagine how they might apply to you, and what plans you have in place to assist in returning to normal quickly. The world may come apart around you, but the bills keep coming not matter what. You still have to work, take care of family and manage resources. These articles can help you war-game against your preps and give them a test without actually going through the pain these people are experiencing.



1 comment to Grid Down Wargaming

  • I am hoping that this disaster will open a lot of people’s eyes about the need for at least basic preparations. With the fires out west and the heat and power outages in the east, I think many people are seeing the need to be prepared for such things. I sure hope so. People need not suffer nearly as much as they do in such situations if they will just make basic preparations.

    Just my opinion.


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