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Ponderings During - and Preparation After - The Big Power Outage

Monday, September 12, 2011

This week, I am buying more items to update my emergency kit. Lantern, stove, mini-generator, etc. An ounce of prevention, etc. etc.

While sitting in the dark last week and gazing at the starlit sky, I was reminded once again of how fragile life is and we humans are dust in the wind, totally vulnerable.

The stores were picked to the bone, and my fave grocery store was completely closed. Where would food come from if there was ever a major earthquake or similar calamity? I smiled to think how lucky are those who have gardens and can eat off their land. Mine? Hard as concrete - no earthworms, no nothing.

Overall, the outage was a great reminder to not take things for granted. The first thing I blogged about was the loss of internet and joked how that seemed like the end of the world. But the reality went much deeper than that.

Time to bring my survival kit to the next level and get these new items.

Wishing all a good week.
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  • NANCY-
    Being prepared makes a difference. What kind of mini-generator are your getting?
    It is amazing how dependent we are on having power.

    2280 days ago
  • ABB698
    We have a 5th wheel trailer we camp in, and I've always said that'd be our solace in an emergency, and sure enough, we were the cool ones with A/C and power and a working fridge. It was nice to know we still had comforts, the one thing I did realize though, is cash. I don't carry cash, but in a situation like this, my debit card wouldn't do any good, would it? So make sure your emergency kit includes some cash, you never know....
    Glad you fared well through it. The stars were gorgeous that night for sure. emoticon
    2285 days ago
    I've been thinking about creating an emergency kit. I have lots of food in the house and try to keep a case of bottled water on hand at all times, but don't have a flashlight or radio that would last very long.

    I bet being able to see the stars was awesome. emoticon
    2286 days ago
    Funny how alike we are thinking again.

    When Irene came through we stored gallons of water because the supermarket didn't have any left. Every container we could find was filled, and kept till we were sure the rains were over and the water had peaked (because the local water company is right on the river, and if it overflows, our water is "bad" for drinking).

    Needless to say, having all these containers was a PITA! (We eat breakfast and lunch in the kitchen, but dinner in the dining room - so they had to be moved every day!) We were just saying yesterday that we need to just grab a case next time we go to BJ's and keep it in the basement so we have one less thing to stress about. I also want to dig out my camping equipment and move it to a more accessable area. I'll feel much better once I do!
    2287 days ago
    Good idea. I should check out my emergency kit.
    2287 days ago
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