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Learn what it means to be powerless. NatGeo presents a world premiere movie event, Sunday October 27th at 9/8C.

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Learn what it means to be powerless. NatGeo presents a world premiere movie event, Sunday October 27th at 9/8C.

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a h
a h

For my family ten days is no problem... would be like a vacation. No phones, TV, email, mail-mail, texts... can you imagine? But with the America population's overall dependence on technology and Walmart... most of the country will implode within a few weeks. Anything after ten weeks will probably start to resemble the movie "The Road". 

Virginia Lanigan
Virginia Lanigan

better to be aware than to be bind sided. I'm prepared. Are you ?

Doc McGaughey
Doc McGaughey

We live in Kingwood north of Houston, not far from the airport, when Hurricane Ike hit we lost power for 10 days, I honestly couldn't believe it took them that long to restore it, but it did, 10 days..., but we survived, how, we prepared by storing sufficient foodstuffs and other necessities like gas, fuel, water, medical bags, batteries etcetera. 

Being former Military and having lived in Belize a Hurricane Zone and  experiencing several hurricanes gave my wife and I the experience necessary to prepare and deal with it, for some neighbours though it was quite the wakeup call. 

We used our bbq grill to cook, candles and kerosene lamps for light, we basically lived on canned food and rice and ramen's noodles after of course we used up all the fresh food and frozen food first... We were fortunate that a city north of us had power so we could get ice for our ice boxes to store milk, butter and other stuff and fresh vegetables to supplement our diet. For entertainment we had board games and books, but the best thing was we actually spent time together as a family, it was actually fun, myself, my wife and our two college son's... so forget the tin foil hats, this does happen, best be prepared... Now somewhere like Chicago or New York, wow I not sure how feasible that would be, also we are fortunate that it doesn't get that cold down here but imagine something like a bad ice storm taking down power lines up north, then that would be a huge factor in preparing for disasters for folks up there, I wish them well..

The other thing you have to take into consideration is crime, as we live in a nice middle class neighbour hood we didn't have that problem and we all came together as neighbors and actually got to know each other a lot better, got to know the kids too, it was typical American, a sense of camaraderie.

We all discussed what if situations and what to do if it was going to be prolonged and the general opinion was to leave so we could have left and gone elsewhere as it was only Houston and surrounding counties that were affected. If it was a national grid down situation well that would be a whole other ballgame... Since then I have bought some land way way out of the city, its got a nice size cabin, nothing fancy, no electricty but does have a septic system and a spring well and its about 300yds away from a river, the land it two acres, big enough to grow various veggies to help feed us, my intention is fit solar panels and a wind generator... hopefully in the next 2 months... in addition heirloom seeds... I'm not doing this because I think bad things are gonna happen, it may, but I just want to get back to the land and be self sufficient as I grew up on a small farm, my retirement dream...LOL... 

Doc McGaughey
Doc McGaughey

We live in Kingwood north of Houston, not far from the airport, when Hurricane Ike hit we lost power for 10 days, I honestly couldn't believe it took them that long to restore it, but it did, 10 days..., but we survived, how, we prepared by storing sufficient foodstuffs and other necessities like gas, fuel, water, medical bags, batteries etcetera. 

Being former Military and having lived in Belize a Hurricane Zone and  experiencing several hurricanes gave my wife and I the experience necessary to prepare and deal with it, for some neighbours though it was quite the wakeup call. 

We used our bbq grill to cook, candles and kerosene lamps for light, we basically lived on canned food and rice and ramen's noodles after of course we used up all the fresh food and frozen food first... We were fortunate that a city north of us had power so we could get ice for our ice boxes to store milk, butter and other stuff and fresh vegetables to supplement our diet. For entertainment we had board games and books, but the best thing was we actually spent time together as a family, it was actually fun, myself, my wife and our two college son's... so forget the tin foil hats, this does happen, best be prepared... Now somewhere like Chicago or New York, wow I not sure how feasible that would be, also we are fortunate that it doesn't get that cold down here but imagine something like a bad ice storm taking down power lines up north, then that would be a huge factor in preparing for disasters for folks up there, I wish them well..

The other thing you have to take into consideration is crime, as we live in a nice middle class neighbour hood we didn't have that problem and we all came together as neighbors and actually got to know each other a lot better, got to know the kids too, it was typical American, a sense of camaraderie.

We all discussed what if situations and what to do if it was going to be prolonged and the general opinion was to leave so we could have left and gone elsewhere as it was only Houston and surrounding counties that were affected. If it was a national grid down situation well that would be a whole other ballgame... Since then I have bought some land way way out of the city, its got a nice size cabin, nothing fancy, no electricty but does have a septic system and a spring well and its about 300yds away from a river, the land it two acres, big enough to grow various veggies to help feed us, my intention is fit solar panels and a wind generator... hopefully in the next 2 months... in addition heirloom seeds... I'm not doing this because I think bad things are gonna happen, it may, but I just want to get back to the land and be self sufficient as I grew up on a small farm, my retirement dream...LOL... 

Lynda Gantzhorn
Lynda Gantzhorn

After living powerless through hurricanes Irene and Sandy and also someone whose drinking water was plentiful and available with  a big stock of panty goods  and a wood burning stove we didn't go hungry or get cold.  But we live in the country.  There was no communication, cells towers were knocked out.  This already happened to New Jersey and New York with Sandy. Granted it was a natural disaster rather than an attack, but we learned both there and with Katrina in New Orleans that living without electricity leaves us without water, food and safety.  Society crumbles quickly.  Better figure help from the outside, if it comes at all, is 10 days to 2 weeks away.  I've been reading end-of-the world novels and how-to manuals since the Cold War up to and including today.  This scenario is not new.  Only a few details have changed.  An attack on the United States, whether by cyber or ICBM missiles will be a tremendous disaster.  Preppers in the 50's built fallout shelters and Civil Service ran air raid drills and there were bomb shelters in the subways and the basements of big buildings. I and my classmates were taught to crouch under your desk and pull your sweater over your head and turn your back to the window.  I was in first grade  This was for survival in case an atom bomb dropped on NY City!  There just is not a lot you can do   I try to teach my grandson some basic survival skills, hunting and fishing and above all, how to make fire. How to grow food yes, but that takes months for a crop  Prepare as best you can.  Think it through and have some sort of plan.  Because who you are and how you face a major disaster with determine whether  you survive or die.

Anthony Scroggins
Anthony Scroggins

Hello, I dont have cable TV does anyone know where i can go to watch it.. can't find the video that aired today.

M. Waters
M. Waters

Why is EVERYTHING a false flag or a media psych or some other such nonsense, sometimes what's on TV is just show .  The tin foil hat crowd as already killed us 12 times over in the last two years. Smarten up folk!!!.

Scott m
Scott m

American Blackout is painting the scenario and the article (link) below I just posted really should be eye opening.  This is very real.

Danny Cole
Danny Cole

Do you get the drift yet, this is one big government  sponsored media psy-op?


Sean Davis
Sean Davis

This movie I would like to see..  Sure to send a message to some people. It will remind you of how precious our lives really are and that of your loved one's. Second our electrical infrastructure is the largest in the world and being so needs maintenance.  It needs funding to keep our aging system working, Or sometime down the road, The ripple effect will lap at your toes and you will be living totally different than today.

Be prepared now, your not a fool, just pre-planning, like for a rainy day. 

ncik g.
ncik g.

"Anybody else notice that a movie like this airs and then not too very long after, an incident occurs? " 

Lots of asteroid shows and here we sit watching another disaster show.

The interesting thing to me is the segment of the population who seems to want to will these disasters into happening. Are American's lives so bad that they wish to have a massive disaster change their way of life forever?
Or is that segment of the population so selfish that they wish death and destruction on their fellow human beings?
We can spend thousands of human hours on prepping for disasters but cannot put that same energy into making advances in science and technology…wow.

Mz. WhyteDiamond
Mz. WhyteDiamond

Would love to watch it, but Directv here doesn't offer this channel. This sux!
Can we watch it online someplace?

Melodie Grohmann
Melodie Grohmann

How do I watch tonight's episode of American Blackout since we don't have NG's channel on our channel listings? 

Melodie Grohmann
Melodie Grohmann

We do not have the Nat'l Geog. channel on our tv.  Can we access it via NG's internet website?

Laureen Kanyan
Laureen Kanyan

Anybody else notice that a movie like this airs and then not too very long after, an incident occurs?  Remember Katrina?  Store your water friends'.

Laureen Kanyan
Laureen Kanyan

Ever notice how these movies come out just before an incident like this happens?   Just sayin'  Hope I'm wrong,

Jane Doe
Jane Doe

You notice how the guy attacking with a weapon has an American flag on his cap?  Pure psyche warfare.  The subliminal messages are all around us.

L. Bullock
L. Bullock

If you can project enough fear in the people then they will give up just about all there rights. Americans will come together to support each other in a crises. However this will be tested when the lights go out. Some things I have control over and somethings I do not. It's better to be prepared then not.     

Justus Iselusive
Justus Iselusive

Kinda strange that this is being shown right before the National Power Grid Test, November 13th and 14th.... News recently stated that Iran and North Korea are working on EMP weapons to use against the USA. There there is comet ISON also coming in November.... I am not a conspiracy nut, I am just saying all these stories are out there and all center around the USA losing it's power grid.


There was also this story, and I will just quote it directly:

"October 21, 2013

The Department of Homeland Security is set to spend $80 million dollars on hiring a raft of armed guards to protect IRS and other government buildings in upstate New York during “public demonstrations” and “civil disturbances,” once again prompting concerns that the federal agency is preparing for food stamp riots, anti-tax demonstrations or some other form of domestic unrest."

Geoff Hopf
Geoff Hopf

Looks very interesting. I'm excited to see it. It reminds me of a few books I've read recently. Going Home and The End. I know where I'll be this Sunday.

Danny Cole
Danny Cole

This production is a tool produced to ramp up the fear factor and is a perfect adjunct  to "The War on Terror".
It has been purposely devised in order to further entrap us into accepting and complying with the authority that is rapidly turning the nation into a police state.

Danny Cole
Danny Cole

It's obvious what this movie has been designed to do. The very first frame of the preview depicts a war veteran subduing a serving soldier with a knife. The panel discussion didn't include any speculation that a false flag event might be staged by internal criminal forces seeking to take over the government. This piece of propaganda is specifically designed to demonize veterans, libertarians and true patriots who seek to save the country from complete and utter tyranny. This is a classic example of Problem, Reaction, Solution.

Vanessa Paulino
Vanessa Paulino

I grew up in Dominican Republic, where blackouts and low water supplies occurrences happen everyday. The way we prepare is by having a backup water well and generators. Neighbors also look out for each others.

Lori Burden
Lori Burden

To add on to that, NASA is reporting comet Ison (eye sun=illuminati, look at your paper money)..is coming in very close contact with the sun which could possibly emit comet debris to earth and/or solar flares and EMP's, but we also can consider that the govts could use any of that as a cover up. Just look into it, it's not conspiracy, it's highly possible truth.

M Z.
M Z.

@M. Waters why is it a false flag, because it is true and those of us with our eyes open are not a tin foil crowd and you will soon see how we are the awake ones and the sheeple will be the asleep ones when it all happens and then what??? don't say you were not warned.

James Gaither
James Gaither

@M. Waters Ok, you go on believing that everything is ok in America and keep on having faith that your Iphone and your starbucks are always going to be ready for you. You will end up just like the rich Manhattan couple in this movie! And you will deserve every bit of what happens to you. Wake up dummy, were already heading for a few of many disasters in this country and No!, no one will be there to help you immediately, you will not be counted as special and treated as someone who will get help first, if your not prepared to at least some extent, your just going to lose out. Wake up liberal! Washington and its elite are about themselves, they do in fact want a One World Government, they do want control and they do not give a flying F about you and your special needs and comforts.

James Gaither
James Gaither

@Danny Cole Do you get the drift yet? It does not matter what this is or is'nt, the fact is that things are going downhill around here and the momentum is building. If you really think that your going to be living peacefully and comfortably in this country forever, you are sadly mistaken. Our government blatantly and in our faces ruins our finances (sending billions of dollars overseas when we are all ready in trillions of dollars of Debt ), Health care that is out of control, (In other countries you can walk into any doctors office or hospital and get the best and most complete care...FOR FREE!)  printing fake money that has no backing, Challenging our gun rights, signing into bills and laws little pieces of items that take our freedoms away little by little, False media and hidden agendas are real man. Our government is literally pissing on other countries, making enemies everywhere and don't have any plans of stopping. Are you so blinded by your apple laptop, your starbucks coffee and your iphone that you don't see any of these things coming to fruition? Wake up man. I am not saying that we will see this happen soon, but the way things are going, something bad will happen on our soil. Did you know that the US Government and DHS has brought 15000 Russian troops into our country and have them stationed in Colorado right now? Now why would they need the enemies here? For what purpose? See before you relax into your comfortable complacency and think before you speak.

M. Waters
M. Waters

@ncik g. No I have not seen any correlation, care to elaborate??? 

Mz. WhyteDiamond
Mz. WhyteDiamond

@Melodie Grohmann If you find out plz post. I'm sure we're not the only ones who can't get it but would love to see it. Good luck, and thanks :)

Kandi Folger
Kandi Folger

@Justus Iselusive Did you notice at the end of the trailer it said " It can happen" and then flashed... "It will happen" really fast? Just sayin....

Becky Matern Ahrens
Becky Matern Ahrens

@Justus Iselusive Justin, my husband and I are on the same page......NEVER thought we would be considered "tin foil hat" types, but that seems to be the label of choice when we try to discuss these FACTS with friends and family. Hell, most of them refuse to talk to us simply because we TRY to have a conversation about being prepared. We have had to go to outside sources to find like minded people and believe me.....it is NO easy task. We are constantly looking up articles and info on any and everything that has to do with this spying fascist government to what they are NOT telling us about ISON. It's a mess and the sheeple are so dumbed down so involved in their Bread and Circuses they are simply going to sit by and be participants of yet another fall of an Empire......Never......in my life!


Josh Utley
Josh Utley

@Lori Burden 

 @Lori BurdenIlluminati and the symbol on the one dollar bill have nothing to do with the comet. And now that 2000, and the 2012 have past the new focus is 2032 (1 in 48,000 chance of impact). Then it will be something else. Be rational, be prepared. Don't freak out or buy-in to the marketing hype and news media hype that will be served to us for the next 18 year.

Are you saying NASA is the Illuminati?

If you are concerned about EMP's you can purchase an extra few devices that you may 'need' and put them in protect sleeves or vault.

For everything else that could arise from such an impact... well we'd die so again don't stress out.

I'd be more concerned with volcano's which are controlled by mother earth.

Josh Utley
Josh Utley

@Lori Burden Illuminati and the symbol on the one dollar bill have nothing to do with the comet. And now that 2000, and the 2012 have past the new focus will  2032 (1 in 48,000 chance of impact). Then it will be something else. Be rational, be prepared. Don't freak out or buy-in to the marketing hype and news media hype that will be served to us for the next 18 year.

Are you saying NASA is the Illuminati?

If you are concerned about EMP's you can purchase an extra few devices that you may 'need' and put them in protect sleeves or vault.

For everything else that could arise from such an impact... well we'd die so again don't stress out.

Michael Cruise
Michael Cruise

@Josh Utley @Lori Burden Love your sound and rational comments (and advice).  Prepare as if you know your area will be hit by a hurricane or major earthquake (as everyone should) and leave all the conspiracy nonsense factored out.