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Old 08-27-2011, 01:11 PM   #1
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Tips for surviving without power and water.

i thought it might be a good idea to start a thread about how to survive a week or so without power and water in your home.

we just picked up 40 lbs. of ice to stuff the freezers, and it can become potable water in the long run.
also, we have 12 gallons and two 35 packs of 500ml bottles of water.

we have 2 almost full 20lb tanks of propane for cooking, as well as a camping stove and a liter of white fuel.

if we lose power, i'll be doing a lot of cooking the next few days of what was once frozen food.

fortunately, the garden is nearly at peak fruition, and our giant apple tree, raspberries, and grape vines are producing. we'll see how they fare.

so, can anyone add any tips on how to survive a storm?

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Old 08-27-2011, 01:15 PM   #2
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I saw on the news where a small generator can provide power for your sump pump and fridge/freezer if electricity goes out. Cost is $400-$1000+. We are looking into getting one.

We keep plastic jugs and bottles filled with tap water in our basement. Along with our wine stash and cork screw!
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Old 08-27-2011, 01:17 PM   #3
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BT, very good ideas. We went without power several years ago for almost a week. We couldn't get out of our street for a couple of days for the fallen trees. We also had a tree fall toward the house that landed about a foot from our wall to wall window.. We only stock water to drink and my pantry is full of things we can eat either raw or cooked on the grill. We can get water for the bathroom from the pool if necessary. Another thing we did was hook the tv up to the boat battery to watch the news. I'm not sure exactly how dh did that.
I hope the storm doesn't do you bad.
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Old 08-27-2011, 01:19 PM   #4
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Along with a generator, don't forget gasoline to run it. Chances are if you are without power, so are the gas stations. You can't have enough fuel. All manners of fuel and batteries are always the first thing to disappear in outages.
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Old 08-27-2011, 01:34 PM   #5
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For me the toughest thing would be filling the idle time while the storm is doing its thing.

Start thinking about ways to occupy the Cub Scout with no power for the TV, internet etc.
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Wet wipes for hygiene. That will save you some water.
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Old 08-27-2011, 02:15 PM   #7
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Good thread, all. I'm taking notes....
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Old 08-27-2011, 02:28 PM   #8
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I have a generator and one of the above power back-ups. It can jump my truck or keep a light on and has a small built in radio.It also can fill a tire.

Having a real lamp to read or play games by is nice and the generator doesn't have run for it.

We also keep a large supply of canned and dry goods as well as backpack full of stuff outside the house in the shed.

Make sure you have you meds in good supply too.
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Old 08-27-2011, 02:41 PM   #9
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For me the toughest thing would be filling the idle time while the storm is doing its thing.

Start thinking about ways to occupy the Cub Scout with no power for the TV, internet etc.
yup, we have backgammon and jenga ready to go.

and great tips so far, everyone. keep 'em coming.
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Juice mixes like Energade with added electrolytes will keep you hydrated when there's not much drinking water.

Using paper plates and cups too avoid washing dishes will prevent water waste.

Making dishes than can be eaten hot as well as cold will be useful when you want to save on gas usage.

Keeping a well stocked first aid kit is also important in case someone gets injured or has a fever etc and you can't get to a shop.

While you have water fill as many empty containers as possible with tap water for emergencies.

Keep a stash of long life milk for when fresh milk runs out. Keep batteries stocked up for torches etc.

Tinned and preserved meats and veggies for when you don't have fresh or just can't cook it.

Stock up on wood, charcoal and matches to make fire. You can cook on it plus it provides some light in the evenings so you save gas and don't need to use lamps etc for a while.

Hope you are all safe and I'm praying that everyone goes unharmed. Thinking of you all!
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