Texas’s Day Of Reckoning Is Why Everyone Should Be A Prepper: Imagine A $10,000 To $17,000 Electric Bill While Scraping Snow Off Your Walls Just To Have Drinking Water

By Susan Duclos – All News PipeLine February 20, 2021

Empty store shelves, water shortages, freezing weather with no electricity, and as Texas officials work to get the electric grid back, electric bills have surged between $10,000 and $17,000 and people are having to scrape ice off their walls to boil for clean water.  

While individual residents have no control over the actual electric grid itself,  nor the new green energy (wind turbines) utterly failing, and while we would never “victim blame,” we can and will use this as an example of why people need to prepare, prepare, and prepare for every eventuality they are capable of preparing for.

It doesn’t have to be the end of civilization, or a doomsday scenario, or a terrorist attack or any other of the dozen possibilities that could require people to survive in the most dire of conditions.

With nothing more than a weather event knocking out overtaxed electrical grids and the supposed “clean energy” systems which proved to be huge failures, we see a real life, present day example of why everyone needs to become a prepper.


NBC News headlines “As Texas deep freeze subsides, some households now face electricity bills as high as $10,000,” while Daily Mail claims that number if far higher, and some are seeing their electric bills surge to $17,000.

Texans have seen electric bills surge as high as $17,000 after two powerful storms knocked out power and caused a 300-fold surge in demand – as 14million people struggle to get clean water in a ‘health catastrophe’. 

While most Texans are on a fixed rate plan on which they pay the same monthly amount throughout the duration of their contract, some are on a variable or indexed plan which sees rates vary based on the market.

One of these customers, Ty Williams, told WFAA-TV that his combined electric bill last month for his home, guest house, and office was $660.

As of this month, he owes more than $17,000. ‘How in the world can anyone pay that?’ Williams asked.

As demand rises, so does the rate at which consumers are billed, which is causing these insane fluctuations in prices skyrocketing. 

A generator or two, along with some space heaters, and even gas for the generators that are not solar, would cost far less, and quite literally pay for themselves in savings in far less than a month.

That would allow consumers to shut down all electricity in their homes and use their generators until these spikes in electricity bills taper off, because the last things these poor people suffering through this brutal and deadly winter, need, is higher utility bills.

Many of them actually have to fix up their homes from the extreme damage seen from the massive amounts of snow.


Another consequence of these storms that have hammered Texas is a problem with clean drinking water.

That is explained via the Daily Mail piece:

Meanwhile, temperatures as low as -2F have burst many of the state’s water pipes, leaving residents forced to scrape snow off the walls to boil to make it safe for cooking and drinking. 

Again, water systems, filtration systems and just a large supply of water, whether in 50 gallon drums or cases upon cases of bottle water, would have made it far healthier, cleaner and provide less chance of causing bacterial disease from contaminated water.

Not to mention, those still without power, who use an electric stove, still cannot boil the water without some type of survival prepping.


In other reports, we see from Fox News, that “photos taken at a Walmart outside San Antonio show rows of empty refrigerated and frozen shelves, where perishable food would normally appear…..” 

While it is seriously too late for those suffering from food and water shortages, as well as those still without electricity, there is still nearly a month of winter left and as Texas proves, even where is most unlikely, this type of state emergency can, and does happen.

It isn’t only stores that have had to empty their perishables, but homes without electric would have lost a significant amount of foods in their refrigerators and freezers, leaving them dependent on food banks, local food giveaways or neighbors that were better prepared to begin with.


ANP does have a still/back in stock page (which needs updating) for prepping supplies and other items readers felt were important, so below are only the items that would have been so helpful, and lifesaving, in Texas.

We encourage all readers to share links to places that sell the items listed for less cost than the ones listed below, and to share other ideas, tips, links and videos to help others

Hopefully others will learn the painful lesson Texas has taught us and prepare like their lives depended on it, because with dozens of deaths just from this one storm, and more expected, their lives very well may depend on it in the future.


Pulsar G2319N 2,300W Portable Gas-Powered Inverter Generator with USB Outlet & Parallel Capability, CARB Compliant, Gray

DBPOWER Portable Power Station, 250Wh/250W Lithium Ion Battery Solar Generator with 110V AC Outlet for Home Outdoor Camping Adventure Travel Fishing Emergency Backup Power Supply

Westinghouse WGen9500DF Dual Fuel Portable Generator-9500 Rated 12500 Peak Watts Gas or Propane Powered-Electric Start-Transfer Switch

WEN DF475T Dual Fuel 120V/240V Portable Generator with Electric Start Transfer Switch Ready, 4750-Watt

Honda 663530 EU2200i 120V 2200-Watt 0.95 Gallon Companion Portable Inverter Generator with Co-Minder & RV Ready

Heat and Cooking:

YILI Outdoor Camping Stove, Portable Tent Wood Stove with Pipe, Heating Burner Stove

England’s Stove Works Survivor 12-CSS “Cub” Portable Camp/Cook Wood Stove 1.0 Cubic Feet

Winnerwell Nomad Medium Tent Stove | Tiny Portable Wood Burning Stove for Tents, Shelters, and Camping | 800 Cubic Inch Firebox | Precision Stainless Steel Construction

Portable Heaters: (If choosing electric, a generator may be handy…just sayin’)

Mr. Heater MH9BX-Massachusetts/Canada approved portable Propane Heater

Mr. Heater Corporation F299730 Heater, One Size, White and Black

PDD Indoor-Safe Outdoor Butane Heater, Space Heater for Camping Tents, Portable Camping Stove (red)

Kero World Indoor Kerosene Heater, White

2-Units Portable Indoor Kerosene Heater, 23,800-BTU Convection Space Heaters

Water Storage

55 Gallon Water Storage Barrel-New Factory Fresh | Food Grade Material

55 Gallon Blue Water Barrel | Solid Mold |2 Inch Bung Holes, Good for Long Term Use

55 Gallon Clear Plastic Drum Liners, Food Grade, 38″ x 63″, 4-Mil, Roll of 50

WaterStorageCube BPA-Free Collapsible Water Container with Spigot, Food-Grade Camping Water Storage Carrier Jug for Outdoors Hiking Hurricane Emergency, Foldable Portable Water Canteen

Freeze Dried Meats & Perishables

Wise Company Emergency Food Supply, Entree Variety, 25-Year Shelf Life, 60 Servings

Mountain House Classic Bucket | Freeze Dried Backpacking & Camping Food | 24 Servings

Augason Farms Lunch and Dinner Variety Pail Emergency Food Supply 4-Gallon Pail

Wise Company Emergency Food Supply, Variety Pack, 25-Year Shelf Life, 104 Servings

Wise Company Emergency Food Supply, Freeze Dried Meat Variety, 15-Year Shelf Life, 60 Servings

Nutristore Freeze-Dried Sausage Crumbles | Emergency Survival Bulk Food Storage 

Nutristore Freeze-Dried Chicken | Emergency Survival Bulk Food Storage Quality White Chicken

Nutristore Freeze-Dried Ground Beef | Emergency Survival Bulk Food Storage

Augason Farms Vegetable Stew Blend 2 lbs 0.5 oz No. 10 Can

Augason Farms Dried Whole Egg Product 2 lbs 1 oz No. 10 Can

Augason Farms Butter Powder 2 lbs 4 oz No. 10 Can

Hoosier Hill Farm All American Whole Milk Powder, 2 Pound 


Nothing happening in Texas is the fault of those suffering from cold, hunger and thirst, but this should be a lesson to all Americans that yes, it can happen to them.

Survival supplies don’t only get used after a disaster, or catastrophe, and doomsday doesn’t have to hit for preppers to dig out their supplies and use them to survive.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to those suffering in Texas, and to the families of those lost.

God bless. (Click to Source)

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