Last week, South Australia was battered by the worst storms and floods in half a century and an unprecedented statewide power outage. Dramatic news reports on TV, radio and the Internet showed the rest of Australia and the world the sheer amount of damage that wind, water and electricity can do to bring a state to its knees.
Not only did this severe weather event reveal how ill prepared many people were, but it also highlighted the extreme fragility of some of our key infrastructural assets such as the power grid, mobile phone network and the government two way radio system.
Like every other emergency or disaster, there are always important lessons to be learned post-event.
Firstly, the foolish heavy reliance upon so-called ‘green’ energy to supply the state and the lack of investment, on the part of the SA government, in interconnectors and redundancy power played a major role in causing the entire electricity grid to go down.
Whilst a grossly irresponsible and incompetent Premier Jay Weatherill furiously denied allegations that the state’s high dependency on wind power played a major part in the failure of the grid, the Australian Energy Market Operator has refuted this half-witted claim in two reports prior to this incident stating South Australia’s high reliance on wind energy made a statewide blackout more likely if connections to Victoria failed.
It is becoming more and more apparent that the Greens and environmentalists with their spurious agenda of saving the planet at the cost of mankind is the real issue behind all these failed ideas. When those ideas don’t work (which happens a lot), they begin to demand more and more money to make them work (all at the high and unnecessary cost of taxpayers’ hard earned dollars).
The masters of shenanigans have certainly been hard at work promoting and defending their “progressive” ideas as of late. Last week they were very busy in the news and on the radio defending the stupid idea that more unreliable and uneconomical wind power is the way forward for South Australian energy production meanwhile blasting coal-fired base load generation as being “harmful to the environment”. For example check out this ridiculous opinion piece in The Guardian written by some clueless columnist named Michael Slezak published last Thursday, the 29th of September.
Secondly, it is the responsibility of every citizen to be prepared for extreme weather events such as this and beyond. We have seen time and time again that government always lets its citizens down in times of crisis. Despite the fact that governments, influenced by the global elite, want us to be totally dependent on them for everything, it is not the government’s responsibility to provide basic needs for its citizens. It is therefore very necessary that we take the responsibility of our own safety, security and well-being into our own hands.
The great majority of South Australians were unprepared for this emergency (as they have been in the past) mainly because they have been programmed by the mainstream media, our totalitarian government, Hollywood and the public education system to falsely think that the government and emergency relief agencies like the Red Cross and Salvation Army will help them when disaster strikes. Now that’s only one reason why people are grossly unprepared.
The second reason is the “it won’t happen to me” delusion or as emergency preparedness experts term, “normalcy bias”. There are certain individuals who think they will never be affected by a natural disaster of any sort and thus they do not contemplate its affects nor ways in which they can be prepared for and possibly mitigate any risks associated with these disasters and emergencies. They don’t believe their lives will be shaken and turned right upside down like never before. “Sure all kinds of crazy stuff happen around the world all the time, people die and whole towns get devastated… but it will never happen to me”, they say. The reality is that we only need to look around us at what’s going on in the world and we’ll find that natural disasters have skyrocketed over the last decade. Certainly they may happen more frequently in particular places around the globe due to environmental and weather factors but one thing that I can’t drum enough into people is that disasters don’t discriminate on post code. They strike when we all least expect them to.
The third and final reason is simply complacency. We need to be very careful we don’t get lulled into that apathetic state of self-deluded stupor. We must always be ready, actively considering all the current threats to our everyday life and attempting to mitigate them to the best of our ability and within financial constraints.
My advice is to have a decent supply (at least 30 days) of non-perishable food and water on hand plus torches, hand cranked radio, spare batteries, candles, generator and a good fuel supply. Last, but not least, it’s very important to have a well-thought-out family emergency plan covering multiple emergency scenarios and disaster situations.
Last week’s events may perhaps cause us to ponder our incredible dependence on electricity to sustain pretty much every aspect of our lives.
Without power, we cannot pump petrol into our cars, pay using EFTPOS, use our smartphones for sustained periods of time, withdraw money from ATM’s or refrigerate our food. And this is only just a smidgen of the colossal list of tasks that require the use of electricity. Put simply, without electricity and contingencies in place we are left practically helpless.
If outages are only short and intermittent, then that shouldn’t be much of a problem but in the event of a prolonged one, things can turn sour pretty quickly. Food spoils, supermarket shelves empty like crazy, phone towers run out of battery, cars become useless, much-needed cash cannot be withdrawn, crime skyrockets, sewer fails to be pumped, water gets contaminated due to the inability to filter it and so on.
Some cyber security experts have long warned that the greatest threats of the 21st century are electric and cyber attacks. It’s not hard to imagine the sheer amount of chaos that such a scenario could cause. We have just seen this on a relatively smaller scale and the subsequent results were not very pretty that’s for sure.
I think we just need to get our heads out of our la-la land bubbles and start living in reality where everything isn’t so nice, fluffy and smooth-sailing as we like it to be. It’s time to wake the sheep up!