when the zombies come, you could be forgiven for thinking that, somehow, the power will all keep going, and everything running smoothly, and all you would need to do is shack up inside a shopping mall and live out for a while. sounds like a good plan. i saw dawn of the dead. it worked well.
well, apparently, this is not a good plan. over here, someone with more knowledge than me on the subject has estimated how long the power would remain on, and frankly, it's a little disturbing.
"My guess is that within 4-6 hours there would be scattered blackouts and brownouts in numerous areas, within 12 hours much of the system would be unstable, and within 24 hours most portions of the United States and Canada, aside from a rare island of service in a rural area near a hydroelectric source, would be without power. Some installations served by wind farms and solar might continue, but they would be very small. By the end of a week, I'd be surprised if more than a few abandoned sites were still supplying power."
the rest is here.
the disturbing part of this information is that it reveals just how unprepared i am for the inevitable zombie invasion. i've been complacent. lazy, even. this is just one big wake up call for me and, probably, for the cause of alternative power sources.