When the Grid Goes Dark: A Family Disaster Plan


When it all goes down, you want to make sure that you and your family don’t go down with it. Chances are, when the grid goes dark, zombies won’t come looking for you in search of food, nor will your neighbors turn on you in an instant.

With recent commentary about Russia’s capabilities and other US threats, including our economy, it’s important to have a plan.

You could be without power for several days, if not weeks, and as such, you need to be prepared.

Take a look at the following categories and use them to keep you prepared the next time disaster strikes. For more information on any particular item, simply click the highlighted texts for an in-depth description and pricing.

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Having these things handy will do more than give you provision. They will help you keep your sanity until things get back to normal. Hopefully, you have most of these already. If not, take note and get them!




The idea here is to stock up. Given the fact that water is crucial to survival, it is important to keep a nice reserve on hand when you need it.

There are all sorts of ways to do this, yet one of the most efficient, is a gravity filter. Big Berkley Water Filters and Platypus Gravity Works Filter System are two of the best. Both of these will purify about 3000 gallons of water. That should last you and your family about two years.

For on the go use, get a life straw. It’s better than carrying around full water bottles, and can purify any water source in seconds. That keeps you from wasting your fuel, and personal energy (if building a fire), to boil water.



Without food, you won’t last very long. There are tons of companies that offer freeze-dried meals, however, those will cut into your water and fuel supply, because you will still have to cook them.

MREs are a better option. Meals ready to eat can be consumed right out of the package. They have a shelf life of about five years. They won’t taste fantastic, but the goal here is sustenance, not five-star dining. Take heart though, there are other options. You could grow your own fruits and veggies at home, by purchasing a survival seed vault. Each kit comes with 20 different varieties of heirloom seeds, perfect for starting a garden. Finally, why not consider canning a few of your own items? The process is not that difficult, and the food will give you a break from those MREs!



In a survival situation, the ability to start a fire can mean the difference between life and death. Fire serves many purposes, including keeping you and your family warm, boiling water for clean drinking, creating light, cooking food and signaling for help.

Keeping a pack of waterproof matches or a waterproof lighter on hand is always a safe call and will be the easiest option when starting a fire.

Another useful tool to keep on you is a magnesium fire starter. If all of your other fire starters got completely soaked or ruined for some reason the magnesium tool will still work for you and will create a spark when completely wet.




Short-term, flashlights with fresh batteries are a must have in your kit. They will keep things illuminated for a while. However, when the batteries go out, you are going to need power. Kinetic crank generators are great for this sort of thing. Most of these will put out enough watts to power small devices for a short period of time, provided you can keep moving.

For daily communication, these walkie-talkies by Motorola are perfect. They have 22 channels, a 35 mile range, and they are waterproof! The only trouble is keeping them charged. To that end, stock up on low self discharge nickel metal hydride rechargeable batteries. They are capable of holding up to 70% of their charge after being stored for two years. That’s pretty impressive, and very handy when you need power. Finally, consider securing a solar panel to keep on hand as a way of powering your communications equipment. Solar power has come a long way, and there are a few portable options on the market.



For emergency medical situations, keep the SOL 3 from Adventure Medical Kits on hand. The kit is divided into two pouches. In one you will find medical items such as ibuprofen, EMT shears, moleskins, and the like. The other pouch contains other items such as cable ties, a compass, a survival blanket and a whistle. Cheap and compact, these are indispensable while you are in a survival situation. Also, I would add a knife to the mix. A good knife can be used for medical situations and any other predicament you might find yourself in. The LMFII by Gerber is one of the best. Finally, consider purchasing a Seahorse Box. This little gem is very familiar to divers. It is perfect for keeping your passports, phones, and wallets dry.

Take these tips to heart. Should you ever find yourself in a disaster situation, you will find yourself well prepared. You might even want to perform a drill once or twice a year during inclement weather situations when the power is knocked out. By pretending like a full-blown disaster situation has occurred, you can shore up any holes in your survival plan, and keep it fine-tuned for those times when you may really need it. Having a fine tuned family disaster plan will keep you proactive and safe during a time when others fall victim to circumstance.