As I was switching radio channels yesterday, a story caught my attention. The report mentioned that infrastructure industries such as electricity, water and other utilities are increasingly vulnerable to cyber attack. I didn’t catch all the details so I checked the Web and found: “Study: Threats to Critical Infrastructure Worse that Ever”
I didn’t really want to find yet another thing to worry about, but not wanting to know about such things won’t change anything. It would be quite a disaster if the power grid or were to be interrupted for any reason, whether it’s a cyber attack, EMP or a natural disaster. Our supplies do include water and food, but what about power backup? Being in an apartment, we don’t have a generator. We don’t have the room and many generators tend to be noisy and attract attention. Time to do an evaluation of how we would cope with a power failure:
Lighting: We have flashlights and tap lights with batteries, hand-crank flashlight, a camping lantern, light sticks, candles and matches.
Cooking: Still have the Coleman camp stove, but need to add a few more propane canisters; also have a small barbecue grill that also needs fuel.
Communication: Cell phone, radio with batteries; also have a hand crank radio
Time keeping: I switched to a solar watch a while back when I got tired of replacing watch batteries every few months.
Entertainment: With no TV or video games, some backup entertainment would be needed to help kids cope: we have kid friendly card games such as UNO, and board games.
In the next few days I plan to look into solar chargers and rechargeable batteries so we can have a backup for charging small items such as cell phone, laptop. I’ll post about it when I find one.