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The king of convenience, when it comes to backup power, is the whole house generator. There are all sorts of methods that can be used for generating backup power but nothing just clicks on the way a whole house generator does.
The big question, of course, is how does a whole house generator fit into short term and long term disaster? Is it a viable option for preppers or could it be more of a problem? Let’s explore this idea in three big considerations.
It’s so important to have backup power. That is a basic preparedness principle. If you are preparing for natural disasters you want to be sure that you have the means of getting power back on when everyone else loses it.
When you are talking about convenience, there is no method more convenient than a whole house generator. the power goes off and it simply clicks back on when the generator powers up.
Fuel Source Issues
For preppers, there are some issues with whole house generators and one big one is the fueling. Most whole house generators are propane fueled or patched into your natural gas.
This means if your access to natural gas or propane is compromised you don’t have a generator anymore. You have a hunk of metal attached to your home.
That is important to consider as a prepper who needs contingencies.
The Downside of a Whole Home Generator
When we are talking about a serious SHTF scenario, a whole home generator could actually make you a target.
If you have a loud generator and you are dealing with lights on at night when everyone else is suffering, you will become a target. So you have to factor that in.
For most natural disasters that cut the power, however, having a whole home generator is going to be really awesome!
Bonus: How to Make Pemmican, the Original Survival Food
Invented by the natives of North America pemmican was used by Indian scouts as well as early western explorers.
Native Americans spent a great deal of time on the go and depended on having portable, high-energy, highly nutritious, and filling foods that would last for long periods of time without refrigeration.
Pemmican is a portable, long-lasting, high-energy food. It's made of lean, dried meat that's crushed into powder and mixed with hot, rendered fat. This makes it one of the ultimate foods to have stockpiled for when SHTF or disaster strikes.
People really should avert their gaze from the modern survival thinking for just a bit and also look at how folks 150 years ago did it.
These guys were the last generation to practice basic things, for a living, that we call "survival skills" now.