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Laura is currently without power due to a bad winter storm in her area. If you are trying to contact her, please be patient, she will get back to you as soon as possible. Those bloggers concerned about the Black Friday event, she can get to wifi tomorrow morning at work and will get you the form and verbiage.
And now, while I have hijacked her blog.. *evil laugh* ..I want to do a guest post to cover the important items everyone should have on hand in the event of a power outage. I know, I know, it is easy to think that you are prepared as long as you have candles and a flashlight or two. But have you ever really thought about it? Being without electricity means no internet, and no television which stinks in it’s own right, but it also means so much more that many don’t think about until in the situation.
In the event of bad storms, it may affect your entire town and it could take DAYS or even weeks before power is restored. Is your household up to the challenge that this could present? When entire towns are down, it is likely that stores are closed. There is no running to the corner walmart to pick up what you might need. If a nearby store is open, your neighbors have already had this idea and you could find the store out of stock of the essentials.
Most gas powered stoves and ovens today use an electrical ignition instead of pilot lights. Most, if not all, gas powered furnaces need electricity for the fan or blower to push the hot air through the heating ducts. Thermostats use electricity to tell the furnace when to power up. There are many things to consider having on hand so that loss of electricity is merely an inconvenience and not a state of emergency for your family.
Obviously a necessity in winter months for most areas.
OMG the microwave doesn’t work! This is one among many kitchen appliances that we take for granted on a daily basis. The can opener is another. Do you have a hand held manual can opener floating around in a kitchen drawer somewhere? If not, make sure that you get one, they are essential and fairly inexpensive. But don’t just buy a cheap one at the local dollar store, it can be very frustrating when they don’t work well. It does no good to stock up on canned good in case of an emergency, only to find that you cannot open the cans. It sounds obvious, but I have done it.
Coffee! I need it, you need it, we all need it. Ok so some aren’t overly addicted to coffee and can actually function without it. If you are one of the ones who need it, like I do, here’s what you can do for a fairly quick fix without having to pay Starbucks prices: heat water either in a tea kettle, or a saucepan in a pinch. Put filter and coffee into your coffee maker like normal, pour the hot water over the filter and grounds. You will need to stop and wait for the coffee to filter through into the pot, don’t just dump entire kettle of water at once.
But wait, you have an electric stove you say? That makes things a bit trickier.
I have an ancient gas stove, so cannot say for sure if newer models do not have a pilot light for the oven or an electronic device. If in doubt, don’t risk using the oven. You can still use the stove top, you will need to light it manually though.
Let there be light!
Unless you plan to go to bed as soon as it gets dark, which is quite early in the winter, you are going to need some light in the evening hours. Candles are good for emergencies but when faced with extended loss of electricity, you’re going to need something that lets off a little more light than a candle.
Ok, this has gotten way longer than I expected and this takes forever, I don’t know how Laura does it every day, several times a day. I will end with one last point to be made…
We are an electronic generation. We have tons of gadgets that entertain us: gaming systems, BluRay players, big screen tvs, computers, expensive stereo systems. Whatever entertains you on a daily basis will probably not run during a power outage. It wasn’t until we had lost power for a considerable amount of time that I remembered how much I used to love to read before the internet was invented. Always be sure to have a good book on hand if you are a reader.
Thank you for listening to me ramble, please stay warm and safe during the winter.