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5 Things You Better Get Off the Internet Before the Grid Goes Down

Tuesday, August 30, 2016 2:08
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We rely on the Internet for nearly everything in life, but in the wake of a natural disaster or large-scale collapse of the power grid, it is possible that the Internet could become inaccessible.

Even a few days without it could cripple American society’s ability to manage money, practice commerce, and communicate.

Because of that, it is a good idea to reduce your dependence on the Internet by moving more of your needs offline.

Here’s five areas to get your started:

1. Banking. Out of convenience, most Americans do at least a portion of their banking online. There’s no harm in using an online account to manage some of your bill payments and financial transactions. Just don’t rely on it to maintain your records. Monthly or quarterly, download a paper statement from your bank, print it, and file it away. Additionally, make sure you have paper records for all of the accounts you hold. Do the same thing for any stocks or important records of assets; record them on paper. Better still, do most of your bank transactions in person, at a local bank; you’ll have greater security and get better customer service.

2. Maps. Relying on GPS or Google Maps to tell you how to get around your local area is foolishness. Purchase or download updated local maps and keep them where they can be easily referenced or found in case of emergency. GPS won’t be a reliable source of navigation if the power grid is compromised.

3. Reference materials. Whether you read books on a Kindle or tablet, follow websites relevant to your interests, or just get the news delivered digitally, it is important to keep a paper trail for the information you’ll need in the future.

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You may not always be able to Google your way to an answer. Buy reference books relevant to setting up and maintaining a homestead, including home improvement encyclopedias and farming manuals. Printing information from often-referenced websites and filing it appropriately will ensure you’ll have the knowledge at your fingertips long after you can’t get it online. Best of all, develop your skills now so you will not need as many reference materials to accomplish tasks around the homestead.

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4. Email. Discussing plans and making decisions by email has become commonplace. Create a personal file of email correspondence for each family member and for your business activities. When agreements are solidified by email, print the message and file it accordingly. In addition to backing up your knowledge of what was decided, the written correspondence is an important record in your family. Just as our prior generations preserved old letters, so we must preserve meaningful emails in order to tell the story of our families.

5. Contacts. Many people scarcely know their phone numbers, let alone those of their families and other close contacts. Maintain an address book containing all the contact information and locations of anyone you care about, as well as resourceful peers and acquaintances.

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Knowing where to find someone important to you is the first step to reconnecting, and you don’t want to be left high and dry by an inability to access your contacts.

Bonus – Unplug These, Too

Photos. Of course, this is a little sentimental, but there’s more to life than practicality. Don’t simply store precious family heirlooms “in the cloud.” Kids today are being raised with very few printed photos documenting their lives. What a shame if all of those digital photos were lost! Create a photo album for each member of your family, or a family album documenting your lives together. The small investment of time and money could reap rewards for the rest of your life and become an important piece of your family’s heritage.

Entertainment. Learn to amuse yourself without surfing the web, clicking through Facebook, or playing online games. Part of being resourceful is being able to find and create entertainment with ready supplies — paper and pencil, card, and dice games are a great way to connect with your family and have a great time without plugging in. Invest in a book of activities and start gathering around the table more often, and you won’t miss the Internet so much in times of outage.

What would you add to this list? Share your tips in the section below:

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  • The Real Deal

    Anyone who uses facef*ck and posts their information is a moron plain and simple.

    • 2QIK4U

      I deliberately post 90% of these articles on Fakebook. If I was American, Yes I would be a Moron. Fakebook block and ban nearly half of it but screw those Criminals to! Eveñ though Australia is America’s bitch We are still a free country and I’m posting truth so I’m not demeaning anyone by lying.

      • Eggzactly

        Weren’t all of your guns confiscated? How is that a ‘free country’? You cant even protect yourselves.

        • Big dog.../small fish...

          They DON’T NEED GUNS – ’cause FFFF THEY ARE CIVILIZED!!!

  • FraMar

    I do all that and also suggest MEDICAL INFORMATION. Not just your medical history but articles on how to deal with injuries and probable illness yourself. I use MedlinePlus and print selected articles.

    Additionally, I suggest keeping backup electronic copies on a flash drive and one of your older generation computers, sealed away in an EMP box. Remember to update and recharge the battery periodically. Of course, I don’t expect to use the computer on line after an “event”; it will be a stand alone machine to read the flash drives.

    Now, building an EMP shielding box (or faraday cage as it is called) is not as easy as some claim, but that’s an whole new subject. Just think about using more shielded/insulated layers that you think are needed. Test with the strongest ham or CB transmitter you can get, close to the box – you’ll be surprised what gets through.

    • 2QIK4U

      Dont stop screwing them the way they screw us. SCREW EM :wink:

  • masterofnone

    We all seem to carry a certain amount of “value”,for life in this place.we concern ourselves with the comforts of our technology,even though we are all afforded our “rightfull”existence…
    The intelligence we apparently use,is only to be a greater success,than our neighbor…to be able to look down our noses at those less fortunate and shun them on appearance.our governments are corrupted,they feed us poison,both mentally and physically.
    And for some reason,we overlook what it is,we are seeking….what is plain to see,laid out before you….
    But instead…..barter with satan…..
    God bless us all

  • 2QIK4U

    There will be no money let alone banking! Obama gives the internet to the UN on September 30th. Which means George Soros will own all the internet ,deep web included. Then he’ll allow the Chinese government to Firewall all of us and we never hear from each other again. This can’t be allowed to happen.. All of you must have an idea to stop this?

    • Dodgeball

      If we are at least allowed to still have or use the email system of communication, then IMHO a series of lists of pre-coded alphabet letters should be designed, constructed and distributed to some of your contacts or friends ASAP. Since governments today have a way of eventually breaking codes (if it ever came down to that and they were desperate enough to find you), the way around it would be to employ messages to someone using ONE of your code sheets. You would need more than one as using the same one over and over, would allow them quicker access to your codes.

      It makes sense to have at least 5 or 6 lists (maybe even 10 depending on how much correspondence you do), and to switch from one to another every day or so! Since there are 26 letters, you would assign a number to each letter randomly. In other words: A could be 14, B could be 9, C could be 25 and so on. Then another sheet would have: A as 10, B as 23, C as 19 and so forth, and the same thing would be done with each sheet. The possibilities of combinations of each sheet are almost endless. The sheet chosen for that day could also be encoded into the email as well so the recipient would know which one to use right away.

      Yes it would be a task to send and decipher each message and would take some time to do so, but it’s better than losing contact and not knowing what is going on at all. Fortunately, this system of communication would not have to be used all the time as it could be used just to set a time for a meeting somewhere and the meeting would more than likely be over by the time they had a chance to figure out what you said.

      In case the email portion of the net is also taken down or compromised in some way, this system could also be used like over a phone or walkie-talkie with a person quickly writing down (to avoid detection), the coded message, to figure out later.

  • Central Scrutinizer

    Add this to your “List”:

    All the porn you can squeeze on a terabyte external hard drive.

    (See what I did there, Porn…. HARD drive…. bite … MAN I CRACK MYSELF UP!!!!)… :mrgreen:

  • Pink Slime

    Excellent tips! DO IT!

  • Sonokar

    What good is a hard copy of your bank statement? If the grid goes then all the digital cash goes with it.

    Are you going to show your bank statement to the guy down the street who is selling black market antibiotics?

    Better to convert your digital dollars to gold, silver, bullets, even paper cash is better than digital.

  • Hayduke

    I am putting all of my cash into buying buds to trade with. Gold will be totally worthless, but good buds will always be in demand. The hard part is not smoking your stock up. But so far I have a 40 gallon sack filled up and part of another one. :eek:

  • Ideas Time

    Learn how to make something to drink. Everyone likes to drink and anyone who can fill the demand will do just fine.

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