In this Article I just want to give you first unsorted inputs…
… we will get into details in the next episodes.
There are a lot of different things to think about, but some of them might be forgotten and can get crucial, if not organized BEFORE things happen.
I’m quite sure a blackout won’t happen when we are best prepared, when we are at home after our weekend shopping together with our loved ones.
Things might happen when you are at work or somewhere miles away fro home in Winter. Many of us have jobs where we are reliant on cars/busses/trains all day. Children might be in school or somewhere around with friends.
I really believe this is one of the most important questions to discuss with your loved ones, your family and your best friends in advance.
Which family member is gonna stay where he/she is?
And who should pickup whom, when and how?
Don’t forget about other family members and your own parents! Are they all self reliant? Will anybody need any help or anything?
There are civil organizations everywhere that are a good starting point for you for further planning.
In Austria in my area i.e. the Lower-Austrian Zivilschutzverband provides a lot of Information about all kinds of civil emergencies and you’ll find even blackout specific downloads and guides there, amongst many other topics:
A blackout specific leaflet with instructions is available as download:
Safety Ratgeber Blackout (pdf)
- A Blackout can happen anytime and obviously won’t happen when we are best prepared.
- Take your time and think through and discuss your family specific scenario.
- Get Information about your local area. Collect information about Civil Protection around you.
- It might never happen, but a plan is what makes the difference if it happens.