How long can you (and your family) survive if the grid went down for an extended period?

This popped up on my new posts, so I'll answer. We would survive as long a time period as my great grand father did, and my great great grandfather before him...........and his ............so on and so on............

Did they live in "Chicagoland"?
 
I prefer 30-06 but wouldn't mind having a 30-30 lever action Marlin.
It was 1974, I worked a whole summer pumping gas to save up and buy my Marlin 30-30 used from a local hunting shop. The guy there held it for most of 6 months with a sold tag on it until I could save enough. I have very few possessions which hold as much sentimental value.
 
Just wait folks. Something big is going to happen in the September/October time frame that will disrupt the November general elections.
Possibly something big enough that the current administration locks everything down and possibly suspends the "writ of habeas corpus" as President Lincoln did during the civil war.
 
This popped up on my new posts, so I'll answer. We would survive as long a time period as my great grand father did, and my great great grandfather before him...........and his ............so on and so on............
This is probably true for most who live in 3rd world conditions. Little to no change. For the western world. Not so much.
 
They say cities are only ever 3 meals away from a breakdown of civilisation. Rural area's can get by a lot longer as long as the freezer can get power, the art of curing and pickling is too rare even for the rural area's.
 
I live in a corner of a small town. I have thought the way to protect us from societal breakdown in an event of a power failure is to invite neighbors to use our extra bedrooms. Pull the vehicles out of the garage and put in more cots. If still have enough power bring in rv's so more neighbors can be comfortable. Have everyone bring their perishables and any outside cooking implimants. Cook all tbe perishables and share them first. Bring all non perishables, guns,ammo etc. and put them under gaurd in just two or three houses. Working together from there we might be able to hang on until power is restored.
 
Just wait folks. Something big is going to happen in the September/October time frame that will disrupt the November general elections.
Possibly something big enough that the current administration locks everything down and possibly suspends the "writ of habeas corpus" as President Lincoln did during the civil war.
I keep hearing this.
Yet I’m not convinced.

Either way what will be will be. Anything and about the only thing other than food, heating fuel supplies that will precipitate a threat is weeks of grid down imho

I won’t starve right away but it will be a long and tedious winter if all loose breaks into hell. I’m on a main road in rural vermont so I feel like I’m easy pickings. Yet if something major actually transpires I’ll burn my last gasoline moving solar and basics to my friends who live way deep in the wilds but only a few miles away.

I’m no mega prepper but I do not intend to die when the first two waves of the deranged panicking looters pass through.

Nevertheless I feel that is an unlikely scenario to expect. Lessons one can glean from War of the Worlds comes to mind. Not the plot: what happened with the airing of the radio show.
 
Assuming your solar roof setup includes a decently stocked Tesla Powerwall, you're looking at a pretty cozy apocalypse scenario. If the grid decides to take an extended vacation, your family could keep the lights on, the fridge running, and phones charged for quite some time. The key? Sunshine and moderation—think of it as living off a solar-powered diet. If it's sunny and you're not binge-using energy like it's a Netflix series, you could play hide and seek with the grid for days, or even weeks. Just remember, every day can't be a pool party if you want to keep the essentials going. So, in the great blackout of whenever, your house could be the cool oasis in a desert of darkness—just maybe skip the 24/7 air conditioning marathon.
 
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