Dark Grid: When The Lights Go Out...Permanently.
David C. Waldron
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In the wake of a solar event, the likes of which hasn't been seen since 1859 when the height of technology was the telegraph, the northern hemisphere is faced with a new reality...a life without power. The electrical grids of virtually the entire planet have shorted out as a result of expected, but completely unplanned for, sunspot activity during the peak of the current solar cycle.
Joel Taylor and his family, along with a few close trusted friends, have to decide how--and even if--they can survive in their suburban Nashville neighborhood as things deteriorate within a matter of days with no electricity. Once they decide to strike out on their own, the only question that remains is where? Through the recent prior military service of Eric Tripp, one of the small group to leave the neighborhood, they are allowed to attach themselves to the local National Guard Unit until they decide where they are headed.
With the power out, and no communication with higher authority, the Guard is on its own and downtown Nashville is becoming a less safe place to be. The entire Armory, group and all, relocates to Natchez Trace State Park to set up operations for the duration of the crisis...however long that may be.
and Rachael glanced at each other with the remainders of the earlier grins on their faces and then Joel nodded to Maya and Josh. “You heard the lady, go get Millie taken care of too.” Rachael looked back at Laurie once Josh and Maya had headed off towards the dog food aisle. “You said a couple of suggestions. What’s the other one?” “Well, the radios are only good as long as they have power,” Laurie replied. “The vehicle units are going to be kinda stuck where they are but the handheld jobs
the more reluctant vegetation into submission. From the civilian’s point of view, it was a good thing they’d decided to spend the night at the Armory as there was going to be far more work to prepare the area for use than they had realized. They had stopped a couple of times and scouted ahead for a while and this was the best site they had found, and they would still need to cut down a number of trees and were going to be doing some ‘landscaping’ to level out some ground. Since they had no
to blow the smell out. How dumb’s that?” “Not dumb at all man, I went to grab some OJ out of the fridge and didn’t even notice the light wasn’t on until the fridge was closed again. Just habit I guess.” Eric was still hoping to work the clerk around to the generator. Apparently he didn’t get many visitors and was enjoying the company or the dark was getting to him, or both. Now that he thought about it, Eric was a little surprised the guy was even still here with the power out. With only the
where I’m at right now. Some of it has to do with politics. I’ve pissed off some people, most of whom aren’t around anymore and wouldn’t hold up my advancement, a couple of whom would get overruled. “Some of it though, has to do with the same thing you are dealing with right now. Don’t get me wrong. When push comes to shove, I’ll send my boys ‘once more unto the breech’ without a moment’s hesitation. I will do, and have done what needs to be done, but I don’t always like it, and I have had a
totally different SOP for it, but I think we’ve got the basics for today or tomorrow ready once we get numbers from the group who called in today.” “In that case, let’s run some numbers, based on guesstimates, rounded up from numbers we pulled out of the air, none of which might actually have anything to do with anything, shall we?” Mallory suggested. “That way, when they tell us how many people they have, we can do it all again.” “Sounds like a plan. Do we have a formula or are we going to