Thursday, June 25, 2015

Emergency preparedness

 Can't see it very well, but our driveway was littered with branches and debris following a terrific storm that hit Tues afternoon, just about when we were set to leave for an appointment. The storm was forecasted, and I didn't like the looks of the sky, so I picked up the phone and called off on the appointments. As I was almost finished with my message,
this tree came down in the front yard. A 10 minute storm=a 35 hour power outage. No worries, I've got this:

 Grabbed the Koolaid and tea out of the fridge, and announced: the fridge stays CLOSED!
Meals were cooked out on the grill. I intentionally bought this model with a side burner JUST for this reason.  We made it through, the roads were finally cleared yet as of 10 p.m. tonight (Th) there are still a few without power. Many have generators,and I plan on having one at my next forever home, meanwhile,I rely upon my Girl Scout skills.


Marcia in rural WNY said...

You really are well prepared for just about anything!! Good call on the grill with side burner. I have nothing SPECIFIC planned but do have canned foods in the cupboard which could be eaten without cooking. Do your store any drinking water? I have been keeping 10-12 gallons bottled in the basement but am not especially happy with that plan, as some bottles start to leak eventually and shelf life is only about two years--I guess because the bottles break down. I need to renew my water again but wonder if you have experience with any better solutions?

We actually have few power interruptions here, although it's simply a matter of location. In other areas, outages are more frequent. We do have a generator but I worry that my husband assumes he can always get around the corner (less than 2 miles) to get more gas, and I'm not convinced that would be the case. I've nagged him into about 6 gallon sized gas cans, but I think our generator would use about 1 gallon every two hours if we were using it around the clock, or nearly so. It won't run the furnace AND the electric stove, but it would run the microwave, and the crockpot. I have an upright freezer and keep it full most of the time--have weathered a couple days without even losing ice cream.

CTMOM said...

No power=no water or toilets so I keep huge water bubbler bottles filled with water for toilets, and keep a few flats of bottled water on hand. Last price for bottled water was $1.49/case for crash n burn water. We used most, not all, so I have water on my list again. I showered at the hospital (we have a gym membership thru rehab services) and the kids went to DS's for showering. I can use 1 17 oz bottle to brush teeth and sponge bathe. Not ideal, but it keeps me presentable! Most of the roads here were impassable, a few residents remain blocked in from their driveways or the roads or both. They are working on that. If and when I have a generator, I'd store extra fuel in a shed. Summer also means getting another cord of seasoned fire wood. I am constantly planning ahead, it was how I was raised.

mikemax said...

I agree, good call on the grill with side burner. I have a friend who lives in a historic cottage in Waterton National Park in Canada all summer, and she uses a grill like this for virtually all of her cooking (since she has a wood range inside the tiny kitchen). We thought along the same lines as you when we built our vacation home. All heating is done with a propane fireplace; it will heat, but not circulate, if there is no electricity. We bought a gas range for the kitchen and can light the burners with a match (but not the oven) if we have no power. We are on a city gravity-fed water system there, so we would have water.

But not here! We are on a community well at our primary home and no power = no water. I fill milk jugs with water and keep it on hand for emergencies. It is about time for me to start saving milk jugs for this again, because as Marcia points out, they begin to leak after about two years (and it's been two years). If you don't mind 1/2 gallon jugs, and have access to them, juice bottles last practically forever. I also fill gallon jugs with water and freeze them, as they would help keep the freezer cold during a prolonged outage. (Which we have never had in 17 years, thanks to underground utilities).

Also, when we planned the second home, we sited the windows so we would have cross ventilation in every room. We also put up 4 ceiling fans with light kits--not much more expensive than some light fixtures, and the cost of installation was the same for new construction. They do the job.