We now enjoy the benefits of electric lighting,
powered by electricity delivered to our homes through the
national power grid, giving no more thought to lighting than
it takes to flip a switch or write a check to pay the monthly
electric bill. Few realize the grid is
very fragile: a few years ago a tree fell in
the mountains, touched several high voltage lines, and the
ripple effect took out the power to 9 western states. In
January, 2000, someone sabotaged a single transmission tower
in central Oregon by simply cutting a guy wire support, and
when the tower fell parts of three states lost electricity.
The power grid intertie works both ways! It can feed power
from one part of the country to another, but if one segment
goes down, it can pull the entire system down with
Imagine the scenario if a group of dedicated
terrorists made a concerted effort to sabotage the grid - no
electricity for a long time. But far worse is planned.
Spetznaz troops were actually caught several years ago on top
of Hoover Dam. Alexander Lunov has stated that Russian
backpack nukes are already buried on American soil -- and
targeted for Grand Coulee on the Columbia River and Hoover on
the Colorado, among other infrastructure targets. Recent
reports say that Osama bin Laden has purchased 20 of the
Russian backpack nukes, some of them already on American
soil. The Chinese military has published articles on how they
would target America's infrastructure PRIOR to any conflict.
By any measure, our electrical grid is a fragile, far flung
target -- a tempting target for any terrorists, and one
relatively easy to take out.
It is therefore entirely prudent to plan on living
without electricity provided by the national power
How would you cope with
a loss of electrical power and natural gas? Could you
heat your home and cook meals independently of "the system"
while not managing to attract unwanted attention to
It is possible
for you to be self reliant in cooking and at least marginal
heating if you have a good kerosene wick type cook stove --
and a supply of kerosene, of course. As little as 10 gallons
of kerosene would provide months of use for
Will a kerosene cook
stove heat a whole house up to 70 degrees F. when it is
really freezing outside? Not a chance. Never happen.
But a kerosene stove is enough to keep you out of a
government shelter and safe in your own home!
It doesn't matter what
the emergency...a kerosene stove is marvelous insurance
against almost any type of disaster. For more information on
kerosene stoves, click on "Kerosene
heaters and stoves."
Please read the
section of this web site to know what other preparations you
should take so you will be ready to provide for your own
family without relying on government handouts -- IF
Can you live in hard
times without a kerosene cook stove? Certainly. Wood cook
stoves were used extensively up until fairly recent times.
But did you ever try to cook on a wood stove inside a home in
the summer? Not fun at all, which was why my
grandmother (and many others) had large screened porches with
wood cook stoves for summer use. Wood stoves also advertise
your presence and preparations with their smoke plumes! Why
attract attention when it is not necessary?
For the cost of one
evening out on the town, every homeowner could have a
kerosene stove that could cook meals, boil water for washing,
AND do double duty as a small, safe space heater -
very cheap insurance for the hard times to