One of the things that I have come to consider to be a full fledged part of getting ready for winter weather is being prepared to deal with a power failure. For example, last year’s ice storm that swept across much of the US left millions of people without power. Some didn’t have power for as long as two or three weeks. I personally was without power for no less than a week and a half.
During this time I was fortunate to have already winterized my home by covering windows with plastic, weather-striping the doors and a few other places to stop cold air leaks and such. We also had several hurricane lamps and a supply of lamp oil (Which reminds me, I need to restock that stuff soon while it’s still for sale at a decent price!). Even with all this it only took about three days for the temperature inside the house to drop to 35 degrees.
It also didn’t take long for me to run out of foods that could easily be used without having to heat them up on an electric stove that didn’t have any juice. I ended up using one of the oil lamps to create a makeshift oil lamp stove that allowed me to heat up foods enough to make them edible. It was far from a perfect solution but at least it worked.
This year however I’m hoping first that there aren’t any power failures, especially anything even remotely like that one. However because power failures in bad weather are often a part of life out here in rural America, it’s still a good idea to be prepared just in case.
That’s why I’m thinking really seriously about options like this 4000 watt Portable Generator. I remember hearing reports of generators like this being sold for as much as $1500.00 and people were forking over for ’em because they needed some way to generate power.
Seems to me that it makes a whole heck of a lot more sense to have something like this bought ahead of time, along with a stock of fuel for it, kept in storage until it’s needed. That way when the power fails this thing could crank out enough juice to allow that gas furnace to run and still have enough to spare for some hot plate or microwave cooking, keeping a light on at night and of course, running a computer and blogging about the storm.
[Tags]winter weather, ice storm, power failure, being prepared, generator, fuel supply[/tags]