This article will discuss reasons why even minor, temporary emergencies such as power blackouts will challenge preppers physically. In our age of labor saving devices, most of them electricity dependent, it is easy to overlook the physical challenges that can come from power blackouts.
In the middle of winter, for example, a power blackout presents the challenge of staying warm. Even if a family already has stockpiled logs for their fireplace, they will have to carry these logs from the woodpile to the fireplace. If the family has not stockpiled logs, they will have to chop their logs and then transport these logs to their houses, possibly without using a car or truck.
Because of the power blackout, few, if any, gas stations might have gas available and the ability to dispense it. That would mean walking to where the family members once drove. While walking, the family members might be carrying loads that their cars carried before the blackout.
If the water towers are empty, families might be without water. They might have to carry their water from long distances.
If the toilets are not flushing, families might have to bury their human waste. This will involve digging trenches in ground that might be frozen and that might require a pickaxe.
Those family members who are accustomed to snow blowers might not have the gas to operate them. Thus, the will have to use shovels instead.
Doctors always warn that those who are starting an exercise program should check first with them. Unfortunately, it probably will not be possible to check with doctors before family members must begin these strenuous activities. That means that family members, especially older family members, who are not in shape, are more at risk for being afflicted by heart attacks, strokes, wrenched backs, and strained muscles and ligaments. These are unfortunate events to suffer, especially during a time of more limited medical care.
Younger family members are less likely to suffer from these medical injuries, but, if they are out of shape, they will not be able to help their families as much as they can help them if they are in good physical shape.
Physically fit family members will not be as preoccupied with their physical challenges during an emergency such as a power blackout. Thus, they will be able to focus more of their attention upon the problems at hand. John F. Kennedy once said, “Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.”