Long term power outage, I know I’ve posted about the things that we do to prepare for such a thing during storms,summer and winter. I got to thinking about this in regards to our current situation with the coronavirus. Of course the power grid can’t get the virus but those brave men and women that work for the power companies can get it! Our local power company, Craig Botetourt Electric Cooperative, is awesome! There is rarely a time when the power at the farm is off more than 30 minutes unless there’s a storm that has taken down poles, transformers and lines. Our guys are constantly working to make sure we have power!! This family appreciates everything they do!
BUT, what if something unforeseen happened and we were without power for hours, days, even weeks??? It happens in other areas of the United States all the time. There’s always a “what if” situation and please don’t be naive enough to think it will never happen.
Miss Positive Britches here isn’t trying to be negative, I’m trying to be prepared for the “what if’s”! Here’s a list of a few things that I think we ALL need to have on hand in the event of a “normal” off grid situation:
Flashlights w/matching batteries (update those ever so often), candles, oil lamps with lamp oil and wicks, radio or jam box with batteries (update those ever so often), stickup emergency lights, camp lantern and stoves with fuel, heavy duty garbage bags, duct tape, generator & gas (small ones aren’t that expensive and worth the cost if you have freezers), at least two heavy duty extension cords to use with the generator, filled propane tanks or charcoal for the grills (you will still have to fix food), full & complete first aid kits, cash on hand that’s only used for emergencies (doesn’t have to be much), emergency stash of socks and underwear, kitchen matches, lighters, hand sanitizer, canned goods, water (buckets of, bottled or your owned canned water). This is just a short list and there’s so much more you can think of if you’ll take the time and ponder on it!
I know the last time that part of our county that’s not on Craig Botetourt was out for a couple days. Panic and unkind words were the norm! Power companies don’t just shut down to aggravate you, it’s an EMERGENCY. They work as hard and fast as they can.
Now some of the reasoning behind this list would be if that power goes out early in the evening you will need the flashlights and candles to find your emergency supplies. If it happens before dinner is prepared or in the middle of that preparation, you’ll need another source of heating that food and that’s when the camp stoves, grills, etc. come into play. The buckets of water are a necessity at my house for flushing the camode (no power, no way the pump can pump the water to flush). Oil lamps and candles aren’t a necessity but a comfort if you want to do something like read or write letters, play board games, just look at whoever is with you and you can see who you are talking to! REMEMBER, television isn’t the end all of our life! I have friends that don’t even watch TV! Duct tape and garbage bags are a necessity WITHOUT an emergency, don’t you think? That generator can be used to keep your refrigerated appliances from spoiling, it can run that water pump when you run out of water for cooking, drinking and bathrooms. Radios and jam boxes are for entertaining but more importantly for keeping in touch with the outside world and the reasons for the emergency situations.
There are a few other items you may want to consider investing in for such emergencies and they are solar battery chargers (for cell phones, tablets) or a crank flashlight, radio and phone charger, butane stoves with extra tanks, a Mr. Heater with extra tanks. I hate to mention guns in this article but it really wouldn’t hurt to have some protection on hand for those bad guys that like to take advantage of situations like these. Here’s a couple links to some of these items: https://www.amazon.com/Emergency-Flashlight-Survival-Magnesium-Compass/dp/B01MU55O1B https://www.amazon.com/Solar-Power-Charger-Flashlight-Splashproof/dp/B07FDXDB3W/ref=sr_1_4? https://www.amazon.com/Coleman-Portable-Butane-Stove-Carrying/dp/B00FGPXVSM/ref=sr_1_1?crid=21UAMG6WQS6W2&dchild=1&keywords=butane+stove&qid=1588699342&s=electronics&sprefix=butane+sto%2Celectronics%2C224&sr=1-1 https://www.amazon.com/Mr-Heater-Corporation-MH18B-Portable/dp/B07Q82MG8S/ref=sr_1_2?crid=15EEPAJYIGC40&dchild=1&keywords=mr+heater&qid=1588699405&sprefix=mr+heater%2Celectronics%2C317&sr=8-2
There’s an article in a magazine called Acreage Life, February issue 2020, pages 17-19 that is really worth your time to read and be prepared. We really enjoy this magazine and have learned a lot from the subscription.
Think about it, be prepared, make the most of every situation. God is watching over all of us but we need to learn to take care of ourselves too. A POSITIVE attitude goes a long way and makes bad situations a little bit more bearable!!