I had the opportunity to watch National Geographic’s video, American Blackout back in 2013. It left a very impressionable memory on me that needed to be shared again. The premise of the video follows the lives of at least 4 different families and couples during a nationwide power outage. It’s set in a documentary style that gives the story line a realistic flavor. It was very intriguing, disturbing, and very thought provoking. I recommend watching it, but be warned it isn’t a “kid friendly” kind of story. I also highly recommend viewer discretion for watching this program with young ones. There are very intense scenes depicted throughout the show. Overall, the actors did a great job in portraying the trials and tribulations that can come from a nation-wide blackout.
So, what does happen when a disaster lasts more than 3 days? The first 3 days are the most crucial in any disaster and will determine the level of success of survival as the crisis continues. The story does a great job in showing the lives of people who were prepared and those who were not prepared. The show portrayed as realistically as it could splicing together real news stories throughout the program. The story line, plot, and progression of the program continued at a steady pace that wasn’t hard to follow. Many of the decisions, made by the characters throughout the story, showed great analytical thinking skills as well as ignorant and sometimes dangerous decisions that led to terrible conclusions. I would suggest that everyone have a chance to watch this video to ask simple questions throughout the program of about the decisions made. You can watch it here.
One aspect of the film that truly intrigued me was the group mentality compared to the “lone wolf” mentality. An “army of one” can never replace the safety and support of a community for protection, survival, and support. In fact, I recently talked with an individual that has had extensive work in disaster preparedness since 9/11 share that most people do not consider the importance of preparedness. The feedback he received seemed to point to people taking what they wanted from someone else, instead of preparing for an eventual crisis. If this is the case for individuals who will stop at nothing to take what he/she wants, then how valuable is being a part of a community of trusted friends and family for protection?
In real world scenarios, what did people do in order to survive? In Bosnia, Egypt, Uganda,Argentina, Venezuela, Louisiana and now Texas, what did individuals do in order to survive? Would citizens in our nation be able to handle a complete an utter breakdown of the rule of law across our nation? Do we here in the United States have the right information to be able to withstand a real world crisis? These questions are but the tip of an “informational iceberg” that needs to be asked BEFORE a national disaster happens. The video, in my opinion, did a great job showing the difference between being prepared and not being prepared mentally as well as spiritually. It even went so far as to show that preparedness doesn’t necessarily mean being ready for the crisis.
The importance of this review is to continue to bring to the forefront dialogue that we all need to be having continually. There have been warning signs and little “tests” of how we would do in a crisis situations. From the “blackout” on usage of EBT cards to the response of the government during the flooding in Texas, over the last couple of years the pictures coming from the news tell an important story. We will be in serious trouble if we don’t recognize the necessity of becoming truly prepared. The recent landfall of Hurricane Harvey is a real eye opener for the importance of preparedness as a result of a Category 4 Hurricane. Start looking at “unconventional means” of preparedness that will not break the bank. Start thinking outside of the box because your mind will be the greatest asset in a survival situation. Look at investing in getting a Bug-Out-Bag for you and your family in the event you need to leave your location. If you are looking for a place to begin, then sign up on our email list to receive your FREE GIFT of preparedness interviews conducted over a 2 month period. You will receive EXTREMELY valuable information on how to help you, your family, your friends, and your community.
Most importantly, learn how to pray. And, make sure that whoever that you are praying to DOES ANSWER you when the chips are down and you are in desperate need for a miracle. Which brings me back to the show, American Blackout. As much as I recommend this film to watch over and over in order to learn important aspects of the characters and decisions they made, I would not give it an A+ because of the lack of spiritual insight portrayed in the film. As an individual, family, and community, prayer WILL BE the most important tool to rely on when a natural or man-made disasters hit. If you need help in the area of prayer, then go to 24-7 Prayer Ministry. They are an awesome ministry with real people who don’t have all the answers but know someone who does.
We live in a very tumultuous time in our world. Having a strong spiritual, physical, and emotional presence will be the greatest assets to have as we all face difficulties in the future. Until next time, may you be blessed in your lives and be ready for whatever comes your way.