Three Months in the Dark: PR Still Without Power

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Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico over three months ago, part of a horrendous fall weather season. Almost all of the island survived but the situation in the aftermath was dire. There was no power.

 

Today, all this time later, the power is still off for thousands. And, it may take until May of 2018 before it is fully restored.

This story by Danica Coto for the Associated Press illustrates the problems the people face. Please read the whole thing and consider what it may mean for you and your prepping.

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Any electricity some of these folks in the mountains have comes from generators. And those run on fuel, which is still scare. Life goes on but with major changes. Food and water is still handed out bi-weekly.

 

“This is life in Puerto Rico more than three months after Maria destroyed the island’s electrical grid. Gov. Ricardo Rossello promised in mid-October to restore 95 percent of electricity delivery by Dec. 15, but normality remains far off. Puerto Rico’s Electric Power Authority says its system is generating at 70 percent of normal but it has no way of knowing how widely electricity is being distributed because the system that measures that isn’t working.


A study conducted Dec. 11 by a group of local engineers estimated roughly 50 percent of the island’s 3.3 million people remained without power. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has said it likely won’t be until May that all of Puerto Rico is electrified.”

-AP, Coto.

 

The politicians promise while the people wait. Some crowds gather to protest here and there but that doesn’t bring the lights back.

 

Is this how you would like to live? I sense the answer is “no.”

 

Yet, this is just the kind of long-term, doomsday scenario we always talk about, here. And it’s actually happening. Just replace Puerto Rico with wherever you live and it kind of hits home – literally.

 

The same government that does the promising recommends a three-day emergency supply. This episode shows that, maybe, you should increase that to at least three months worth. And you’d better prepare for alternative power situations unless you too should be left in the dark. Actually, make that nine months. And this was a relatively isolated case. Imagine what could happen if the same occurred over multiple states on the mainland. Better make it three years worth – or a transition to a fully independent lifestyle.

 

This is a mass learning opportunity for those who will heed it.

Perrin​​ ​​Lovett​​​ ​​​writes​​ ​​about​​ ​​freedom,​​ ​​firearms,​​ ​​and​​ ​​cigars​​ ​​(and​​ ​​everything​​ ​​else)​​ ​​at www.perrinlovett.me​​.​​ ​​He​​ ​​is​​ ​​none​​ ​​too​​ ​​fond​​ ​​of​​ ​​government​​ ​​meddling.

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