Monday the wind blew up to 60 mph and the rain pelted down taking out electricity to many parts of Washington. I admit I went to bed early expecting the power to go out at my home. The wind blew so hard it was scary. We did not loose power on my street and were really lucky. I heard from some of my friends that lost power and was surprised how unprepared they found themselves. Can you imagine friends of mine being unprepared???
First one could not even find a flashlight that worked. She had given away her store of candles and an Aladdin Lamp with fuel a while back while trying to lighten her load of encumbrances (sorry for the pun!). She did have a kerosene lamp but did not have much fuel. Her house has a wood stove that had not been used in a long time and there was cut wood on the property. Today she admitted she wished she had not given some things away. It was a wake up call for her.
This year the news media is warning up of a very cold and snowy winter. This part of Washington does not generally have a lot of snow so it is time to evaluate and prepare for a winter challenge.
* Do you have a heat alternative to electric heat?
* Do you have plenty of blankets to keep the beds warm?
* Do you have light alternative and fuel to keep it going a few days?
* Do you have a cooking alternative to cook with?
* Do you have foods easy to prepare so you would not have to go to a store?
These are just a few questions to be thinking about.
My Mother was secretly disappointed we did not loose power. She was sitting in her home with a new led flashlight in her lap. She has a good size generator which has been hooked up so that it only has to be started, a few switches switched and her lights and refrigerator will we safe. She has a wood stove insert with a cord or so of dry wood some of which is dry in the garage. There is a sweet little stove that runs on a can of butane to cook her dinner and make a hot drink. She has been storing prepared foods. I would say her weak point would be the number of blankets she owns, however, last year I got her a sleeping bag so that would keep her warm.
Are you ready for a power outage of a few days to a week? Make a list and think of the holiday time as a good time to prepare the family and friends.