As the Washington, DC metropolitan area continues to grow, there is a strain on the public services. And although there are various changes to improve the needs of the community, the number of individuals moving to the area out ways those changes. Provided below are the eight most challenging areas (not necessarily in order) to get off the grid.
1.Water. One can live without food for days; however, no one can live without water. So what ways can one ensure they have enough water supply when water main breaks are not working properly? How will one filter the water enough where it is drinkable?
2.Food supply. Do you have enough food in the event of an emergency? How will you cook it? How will it remain cold when the electricity is out?
3.Electricity. Obviously, the sun will provide daylight, but how will your refrigerator, computer, etc. remain charged?
4.Heating Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC). How will you remain warm or cool during extreme weather conditions? If the electricity and/or gas is not working, guess what? Your HVAC system is not working either.
5.Hygiene. When water is scarce to drink, how will you wash your body, dishes, clothes, etc.?
6.Transportation. Even if your car is full of gas, there is a possibility that you will run out of gas trying to get out of the area. So what do you do? What will be your other source of transportation?
7.Technology / Communication. These items are just as important to ensure your family and friends are safe. How will you communicate with your love ones?
8.Air quality. Unaware of the situation, how will you attempt to keep your area safe to breathe.
Obviously, these questions may seem to be extreme, but every one of these items have occurred in one form or another. Ready.gov provides a checklist and stresses the importance to be able to sustain for at least two to three days, but often times it takes five to seven days to get back to normal.
This article is not an attempt to scare you, but as a reality check to be prepared.