Survival When Technology Fails

The Trigger Effect is a movie from the 1990’s which centers around a massive power outage and its consequences. For example, there’s no way for the family to get medicine at the drugstore for their baby.

There’s an exodus from the city as people hope to find better circumstances elsewhere. As you might expect, tempers flare in the ongoing abnormal situation. By the end of the movie, power and normal life are restored.

Consider how many things are dependent on electricity and satellite technology. What if you no longer had access to the Internet in any way? What if you couldn’t access your money in the bank? Suppose your cell phone wouldn’t work. I could go on, but you get the general idea.

The movie depicts a nightmare scenario none of us wants to face. This is precisely why we must face it. Granted, Y2K didn’t see the end of the world as we know it. Nonetheless, the possibility of power outages is very real, regardless of the cause—nuclear strike, electromagnetic pulse, alleged peak oil crisis, or other causes, real or imagined.

Those who have lived in the wake of Katrina, Ike, Sandy or other storms can vouch for that.

Perhaps we’ll see something similar to Y2K in slow motion. A continually crumbling infrastructure could be the result of economic crisis. What if large areas will not be rebuilt after hurricanes or devastating winter storms?

Regardless of the pace, our present level of technology may not continue to exist. This requires a certain level of competence in survival skills. Matthew Stein has brought these ideas together in When Technology Fails. It has received numerous favorable reviews.

This book is educational, entertaining, and broad in scope. Stein covers topics like alternative therapies, how to create a survival mindset, survival strategies, renewable energy, companion gardening, prophecies, as well as edible plants, first aid, making a survival kit; growing, hunting and foraging, making tools, creating shelters, spinning, weaving and tanning.

How prepared would you be if the course of human events and the failure of technology set the clock back 200 years? Before you say it couldn’t happen, get When Technology Fails and be prepared.

Survival doesn’t simply happen by chance. Click now on the book’s title wherever you see it in this post and order your copy. And be thankful technology today allows you to do so. Tomorrow could be a different story.


Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.

2 thoughts on “Survival When Technology Fails”

  1. Yes, it can happen even if only on a short term basis. My husband and I saw it after Hurricane Charlie in 2004 in Florida. Electricity was out – that meant no groceries, no gas, no banks, no AC, no stoves – you get the picture. It lasted for 6-8 weeks depending on how fast large generators could be shipped in. Our area is much better prepared now and we live where we can walk, less than 1 mile, to a grocery store, hardware store, and a bank.
    Not that we would need them within the first 2 months.

    The state of Florida now requires, at least along the Gulf coast, that gas stations have generators so gas can be pumped. Mainly for generators and so people can leave.

    It caused us (and we did real well after the hurricane because we were prepared before the hurricane) to prepare even more. We are set with everything except a generator. If it gets that bad, we’ll just pack up and move away for a while. We are capable, even in our early 60’s, to do for ourselves – every thing from cooking on an open fire to building a one room building. It is important for everyone to stay alert, informed and prepared.

    I’m waiting for “When Technology Fails” thru the library inter-library loan system. My librarians are always checking what I take out and request – now if I can only get them to do some of the prep!!

  2. It’s wonderful that you’re so well prepared. That sets a good example for others.

    The mention of getting the book from the library made me think of something. It would be fantastic if some of my readers would buy books recommended here and donate them to their local public libraries.


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