On October 27th 2013 the National Geographic Channel debuted their new TV movie American Blackout.
The show made a good effort to link the chaos and violence on society’s dependence on government provided infrastructure. The crisis on the film lasted 10 days, SEVEN DAYS LONGER than FEMA’s common recommendation for the amount of emergency food and water to be stored each home. The prepper family putting their 10 year-old boy on guard duty alone, in the middle of the night, in the middle of a fairly serious crisis with their security already compromised. The weather was seemingly warm and sunny all over the nation when the power went off and this perfect weather continued for the next ten days. The lone wolf style prepper family in the docudrama were portrayed as being well prepared, but also as selfish doofuses.
While there may be prepper families out there who would behave in a similar fashion during a crisis, I believe they are few and far between. The implications of this portrayal is that like other TV shows and movies, it alters the public’s view of preppers and about emergency preparedness.
Water, water, water – everyone needs an emergency supply PLUS a way to get more water. If it’s already too late to get out of the city, network with your neighbors for safety and lay low. Avoid partying during blackouts, they burn through supplies and put you at risk from lack of sleep and dehydration. Be prepared, and hopefully you won’t have to go to a store with a mob of people who are on the verge of hysteria for last minute supplies. For those who would completely dismiss the usefulness of shows like this I say, knowledge is power. As long as a situation of this magnitude is not romanticized or longed for – this analytical look is a healthy metal exploration.
Stephanie is a writer for the American Preppers Network, a small local paper and for her blog, The Home Front and was featured in Marie Claire UK in the October 2012 issue that featured women preppers. To connect with her --> click on one of the many little square social media buttons below!
While I really thought a lot of the movie was ratings-fluff, one aspect worth emphasizing is the significantly increased fire hazard. Sensible Food Storage- A video by Wendy Dewitt In the video below Wendy Dewitt teaches us sensible ways to plan, organize and store our food storage for a year. Nowhere is that more evident than in a new original movie by National Geographic, which will examine what would happen if the world just suddenly went dark.The film, called "American Blackout," premieres Sunday, Oct.

According to Off The Grid News, the timing of the NatGeo movie is prescient; the first-ever nationwide "power grid down" drill is to be held Nov.
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The electric grid, as government and private experts describe it, is the glass jaw of American industry. The movie's official promotion says: After it becomes clear that the blackout isn't isolated to a small region, curiosity may turn to concern for the entire country. According to Off The Grid News, which received an advance copy of the film to review, the movie is shot from a first-person perspective, and it follows a number of families and groups as they deal with a disabled power grid scenario.
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I am not aware of any preppers that would do that, but it made for fairly good ratings which after all, was the end goal of the program. NatGeo is generally perceived to be sympathetic to the emergency preparedness cause, but I believe for whatever reason this was done on purpose. People who watch this show may come to the conclusion of “Why bother prepping at all then? Of course if a black out lasts long enough even cash will become worthless, but initially it will be the way to go if you are in need of last minute supplies.
However, it should be taken with a gain of salt because at the end of the day you are only watching what someone else THINKS might happen and their opinion is strongly influenced on what would make for better ratings.
They have to portray preppers as just as clueless as anyone else, in order to discourage anyone from actually trying to prepare for a disaster. What I feel they should of did was show more important things that actually would cease to work like flood control and people that depend on electricity to keep them alive. As the threats from economic collapse, terrorism and widespread corruption increase, however, these subjects are increasingly being taken seriously. 27, and it will examine what would happen following the collapse of the power grid after a cyber attack on the country, which would obviously force America - and the world - into an immediate crisis.
Electronic communication will become increasingly difficult, as most backup power systems are only capable of maintaining normal operations for short durations.

You are encouraged to evaluate this information and act according to your own reasoning and conclusions. The film then follows several groups of people from the start of the crisis to it’s conclusion. The resolution in the film  just reinforces society’s false belief that even the worst crisis is merely temporary and can be resolved by the government. Not real high – now picture a nationwide power outage for ten days or longer in the middle of the winter, or during a storm. We can look at The Great Depression, Argentina and Bosnia, but the logistics are different here in the US and in modern times. I was disappointed, but not surprised to see the Prepper Dad as being selfish with the drill Sargent mentality. There are parts of America that have to be constantly pumped out so it doesn’t flood. The department also warned that an increase in such cyber activity appears to include a number of nations, including some from the Middle East, like Iran. Because we encourage independent thought and personal responsibility, we do not accept credit nor liability for the use or misuse of this information. NatGeo reportedly used chunks of real amateur footage from recent disasters like hurricane Sandy throughout the film.
Others may come to the conclusion that preppers, even those with plenty of guns and a bunker, are a fairy easy target who can be easily outsmarted and overcome. Therefore watching shows like American Blackout, After Armageddon or movies like Trigger Effect….
This just makes the world that much more dangerous for those of us who have  taken the responsibility to prepare for the worst.
We can break it down, discuss we would do differently, improvements that could be made upon weak spot, and identify things that need to be taken into consideration.
A second lightning strike compounded the damage by knocking out two more important lines, causing a cascade of surges and overloads, which were compounded by human error.
10, 1996: Several power lines in Oregon and Washington short-circuited when they brushed against trees, causing 13 hydroelectric turbines at the McNary Dam to fail.

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