In 2012, humanity got very lucky. Most of us didn’t even know it. A natural phenomenon that we have no control over or way to predict almost crippled our resources.
The phenomenon? The ominous sounding solar flare. Now, solar flares happen relatively often without causing us harm. Basically, they amount to an explosion of gas on the surface of the sun. They also produce high energy particles and radiation. We’re far enough away for our atmosphere to protect us from any negative impact.
However, occasionally they ignite a solar storm. The July 2012 solar superstorm – or coronal mass ejection (CME) – was the biggest seen in over 150 years. NASA scientists compared it to a tsunami on the surface of the sun. If the Earth had been in the line of fire, it would have crippled the power grid.
What saved us was sheer good fortune. The part of the sun where the superstorm took place was facing away from the Earth. If it had happened just a week later, we would still be picking up the pieces.
Interconnectedness comes at a cost
Because the power grid is becoming so interconnected, this event would have been catastrophic to the economy and our way of life. Sprawling power lines would pick up the currents, spreading them over a huge area. We rely so heavily on electricity, and the storm could have blacked us out in a moment.
Most human beings are not prepared to live without electricity. They’d freeze on the cold nights, not know how to make or preserve food, and would be frustrated by the smallest tasks.
And it’s not just electricity that would go.
No more toilet water
Unfortunately, water distribution is now dependent on the power grid. Without it, you’d soon find your faucets. While NASA try to keep it light by focusing on the loss of toilet water, problems would stretch far beyond “letting it mellow”.
There’s not just the problem of finding clean water to drink. Many farms do not have their own water sources and food production would screech to a halt.
And then we cycle back…
Generators need water to start
The system is cyclical. Without power, there would be no water distribution. Without water, it is impossible to restart electrical generators. The problem would be so widespread that millions would die simply from not knowing how to survive.
Try this: during the course of the day, see how often you use electricity and water. How many of these tasks are crucial to your survival on a long term basis? You’ll soon realize how much you rely on these basic necessities.
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How to prepare
You need to be prepared in a number of ways:
- Economic independence: if you rely on money for your daily needs, you’ll be in trouble when you can no longer work. Others won’t be able to produce what you need, either.
- Fire: learn how to start a fire. It’s the least you can do!
- Food: you need to have your own food source for these types of eventualities. Micro farming is a great way to feed yourself and your family with the space you have. Our ebook on micro farming will help you set up your own food source.water: where is the nearest water source that’s off the grid? Do you have access to it? Our micro farming ebook also guides you through setting up your own water source.
- Water purification: water can kill you if it’s not prepared for human consumption. You need to know how to prepare water so that its harmful bacterias don’t kill you.
It’s not just solar flares…
Obviously, solar flares are not the likeliest cause of economic and social collapse. There are other, more predictable, scenarios that will play out in the near future. But it is a reminder of how fragile this seemingly stable system is. The world as we know it could have fallen apart over one night in July 2012. Would you have been prepared?