A Survival Story: We have electricity….sorta

A_Survival_Story_CoverWhat follows is just one part of an ongoing survival fiction series written by John Rourke and has been published on Amazon. It is being made available here for free. A new entry is published every day. The story is written in a daily journal format.


August 2nd   We have electricity…..sorta

Turns out Neil is a hobby-electrician and was able to hook us up with a method to charge the batteries. He basically came up with the idea of using a lawnmower or edge trimmer motor along with an older alternator to charge the  batteries. He said one battery can be charged at a time or the batteries can all be hooked together in series to form a battery bank. We have quite a bit of gas from vehicles left behind so we could fuel these devices for quite some time.

Neil started working on building three of these to put in different places throughout the community. Folks will be able to bring some of their own batteries plus we are providing some of the ones that we found to people. They will be able to power some lighting and other tools needed IF they have an inverter.

We can also use the systems to charge batteries for the Security Team and some of the electric tools from the Gardening Team. They have some small electric tillers that work well for some of the smaller raised beds.

I think being able to flip a switch and have lighting at night will be a big morale booster. I suggested to everyone to use Christmas lights if they have them. Low power drain.

Well, I talked to M and told her I was fine with Aaron and Caleb moving in. I tried to make her aware of the responsibilities and risks with the dangers that exist today. She was not swayed at all. Neither one of us are getting any younger. We are both 39 and neither have had kids. I suspect M’s motherly instincts are kicking in.

We are going to talk to Bill and Carrie tomorrow and let them know.

I’m sure Bill will be happy.

 – Jed


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