Preparedness Scenario – Grid Down

Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) also known as a solar flare


The last preparedness scenario drew a lot of interest, so I dreamed up another one for you guys.

We are at a period of heightened solar activity.  On your way to work one morning you hear on the radio that a large solar flare is heading our way and will likely cause large global power outages.  The experts aren’t sure how long the effects will last or precisely how much damage the flare will cause, but their best guess is that 70% of our global communications and at least part of the power grid will sustain damage and are unsure how long it will take to get things back online.

The solar flare is expected to hit within the next 20 hours.  This story is immediately followed by a broadcast of government restrictions against hoarding and the authorities are asking people to remain calm and stay at home until the effects of the storm can be fully ascertained.  On your way home you notice goverment troop vehicles and a heightened police presence in the area.

You have 20 hours.  What will you do with that time?

-Jarhead Survivor