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Are you ready for power outages or grid failure?

Experts predict that up to 90% of the US population would starve to death within 60 days in the event of a total electrical grid failure. That is a grim prediction. Starvation from lack of food and water availability from the usual sources...the store down the street. All infrastructure and systems would shut down quickly. We would be on our own to fend for ourselves and our community. Most of us can't think that far ahead. Many of us don't want to.

What you should think about and plan for is a back up power system of some kind for your home and family. Emergency experts suggest 14-30 days of back up power generation of some kind. The Empowered Community is focused on delivering intelligent information and resources to help you plan ahead for better sustainability, resilience, and peace of mind.

You are in for a treat this Friday, April 21st. Our guest from 7:30-9:00 AM is Chris Pittman, owner and proprietor of Whitehart Energy. Chris and his wife Chantal launched Whitehart in 2015, and they specialize in alternative energy for residential and commercial purposes. Whether you desire to live more sustainably or more "off the grid," they can help with expertise in solar, generator, and battery backup system installation.

Chris is a 5th generation Texan and grew up in Manchaca, about 25 minutes northeast of Wimberley. He spent his summers exploring swimming holes such as the Blue Hole, Little Arkansas, and the Blanco River – wherever our friends would let us drop in. A veteran of the US Marine Corps, Chris served as an Amphibious Assault Vehicle Crewman, Marksmanship Instructor, and Embassy Guard where he served in Jerusalem and Tallinn, Estonia. He holds a BA in History from the University of Texas at Austin with a minor in Arabic and holds several professional trade licenses/certifications: Texas Master Electrician, North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners Professional Solar Installer, Ubiquiti Wireless Broadband Wireless Admin, and several OSHA certifications. Chris has been invited to lecture on Photovoltaics to the City of Houston, the City of McAllen, the Gulf Coast Chapter IEC and the Texas Real Estate Inspectors Association.

You can reach them at 512-847-7787, or at


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