California’s power grid operators are sounding the alarm bells as a heat wave is straining the already stressed power grid in Southern California. The state’s power grid operator issued a “flex alert,”on Monday, asking Californians to conserve energy to help prevent rolling power outages.
Later that night, tens of thousands of Southern Californians were affected by scattered power outages. Southern California Edison reported outages that started late Monday afternoon, stretching from Ventura County, east to Palm Desert and as far south as Murrieta.
Time to Prepare: Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Issues Warning
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power issued a warning to customers telling them to be prepared with fresh batteries, flashlights, and phone chargers that can be used in vehicles. They also asked them to stock up on non-perishable food and recommended having a cooler ready to go in case the power went out.
California homes, hospitals, oil refineries and airports are at risk of losing power this summer after a storage facility that stores much of the state’s natural gas supply shutdown late last year. In April, millions of electric customers in Southern California were told they could suffer power outages on up to 14 days this summer due to the closure.
The so-called Green State, which has power consumption rates that are over 45% higher than the U.S. average, imports over 33% of its power from out-of-state sources. Most of these imports are a direct result of the state’s environmental policies which have caused the closure of all the state’s coal-fired power plants and left the state with only one nuclear power plant that is still allowed to operate.
California has some of the highest electricity prices in the country but has the least reliable electricity in the United States. In fact, California leads the nation with nearly 470 power outages a year, compared to 160 for second place Texas.
California Planning for even more Electric Plant Closures
Despite being completely unable to reliably supply the California residents with the power they need to live, the State is planning to close their last remaining nuclear power plant sometime within the next decade. The plant, Diablo Canyon, generates power for over 3 million Northern and Central California homes.
This is very bad news for California’s already troubled grid, which has suffered even more problems this year as low water levels threaten the state’s Hydro Dams. Hydropower in California is now producing 80% less power than normal.
EPA Coal Plant Closures will make things even worse.
While California claims to be the Green Energy Capital of the world, the fact is they quietly import huge amounts of power from coal plants in neighboring states. But those sources could soon dry up thanks to new regulations being pushed by the EPA.
In 2015, 94 U.S. coal-fired power plants closed. Another 41 plants are scheduled to close in 2016, leaving California even more vulnerable to brownouts and blackouts.
Entire Nation’s Grid at Risk.
For years I’ve been telling people how vulnerable our nation’s power grid really is. While California may be an extreme example, the fact is the entire nation is at risk. Our nation’s power grid is a hodgepodge of antiquated equipment and technology, with a large portion of it still relying on 1960’s and 70’s technology.
Earlier this year, Admiral Michael S. Rogers, U.S. Navy, Commander, U.S. Cyber Command, Director, National Security Agency/Chief, Central Security Service, warned that coming cyber-attacks could take down large portions of the U.S. power grid.
Should any portion of our nation’s grid go down for an extended period of time, the last place you want to be is in a major urban city! These large urban centers will become deathtraps, and the chances of surviving the chaos that will follow these extended outages are not very good.
How to Prepare for a long-term Power Grid Collapse?
In my book, The Ultimate Situational Survival Guide, I devote a lot of time to this specific topic. Our government has no real contingency plan to deal with this type of event. You need to be prepared to survive an extended period of time without power, without access to food and water, and without essential services.
Start Thinking about what Emergency Supplies you need!
- Stock up on long-term food and water.
- Stock up on things like Emergency Flashlights.
- If you live in an urban area, check out these essential Urban Survival Tools.
Make sure you can support yourself and your family!
- These 32 resources and skills are all things that you should know.
- When it comes to preparedness, one of the most important things you can do is to put together a plan of action. The 27 Essential Preparedness Tips, Skills, and Resources can help.
- Having a well thought out evacuation strategy is an essential part of any emergency preparedness plan. Check out our resource guide for creating a Bugout Plan.
You need to be able to protect your Family from Criminals!
During any type of long-term grid-down emergency, security is going to be a top priority.
- The Pros & Cons of Gun Ownership
- Tips for Buying your First Gun
- Stress Response Training: The missing ingredient in Firearms Training
You need a way to generate your own power!
Solar Chargers, power generators, and portable battery backups are all things you need to invest in. For a very small amount of money, you can help ensure your ability to run things like emergency radios, ham radios, tablets, flashlights and other emergency gear.
Have a way to communicate once the grid goes down!
When the power lines go down and the internet stops working, you’re going to need a good communication plan in place. Having a SHTF Emergency Communication plan will allow you to send and receive critical emergency information during a disaster.