Rarely do I make plans in advance. I go with the flow, so to speak, but I have made plans for today. The reason is I need to get prepared. I am in the path of Hurricane Sandy, while inland and not affected by the predicted storm surges, we are already getting high winds and are expecting power outages.
So how do you prepare for the possibility of no power? If you are me these are the things you do:
- Prepare plenty of food that can be eaten without heating them
- When planning meals check any that can’t wait till the power comes back on to eat
- With the cold temperatures I have prepared a spot outdoors to store my food if I don’t have a working refrigerator (more on that later)
- Even though I’m not on a well for water I will still filter and save extra water in case there is a problem with the municipal services.
- Check that all my winter clothes are ready, and clean, to be layered on if the heat is out
- Pull out and wash the heavy blankets that usually only come out in the dead of winter.
- Clean extensively. Because if I am locked up in a cold house the last thing I want to do is look at something that needs cleaned yet can’t be done at the moment.
- Lastly, but most important, I will at some point today check with my neighbors to see if they need anything and let them know I expect to be here throughout the duration if they need me.
So what do my food preparations look like?
- I am cooking beans today to have ready
- I will hard boil the eggs, there is no way I will eat raw eggs
- prepare pasta and rice the last of the potatoes and cook a couple of squashes I have here.
- cook up vegetables. I love cold cooked carrots. I have a bag so they will be cooked up with onions and set aside to add to a meal or have as a snack.
- I also have bread and peanut butter for sandwiches as well as some fruit.
- For breakfast I can soak oats overnight to eat, not as good as hot oatmeal but healthy
- The candles have been set in strategic locations along with the oil lamps and lighters are nearby and ready to use.
- I will make sure my phone has a strong charge on the battery so as not to be out of touch with my family or in case of an emergency. The phone will not be used for any other reason to conserve the battery (which isn’t a problem as I hate to be on the phone) as I don’t have a land line.
- If the power is out for more than 24 hours I will turn off the phone, after setting certain times of the day to check in with my daughter-in-law, especially if she is alone, and turn it back off.
Return of the car
My son made sure I still had a car in case of emergencies. Since I have an extensive number and variety of wildlife here, setting food outside to keep it cold will feed them, not me. With the car here, I will store food in the trunk of the car if it comes to that.
If we lose power the only thing that will bother me is the lack of heat, but my place is well insulated so it won’t be dangerous for me to stay. I have plenty of things to keep myself busy. I have projects I am working on such as the finishing of two more chairs (they have been taken apart, sanded and reglued. One has the primer coat already finished) so that will keep me busy. I have books I can read and needlework I can do. While I am a night owl by nature I will wake earlier and go to bed earlier.
Knowing family may need you
My son works in corrections and is on a special team that goes in to any prison in the state if there are problems. He already received his notice to be rested and ready in case the power goes down to any fences and the like to keep or restore order. This could take him to the other side of the state for as long as that area is without power. While it may seem strange, he doesn’t want his wife driving in these winds (she’s only had her license for just over a year and has never driven in something like this), so I am on call for her if he has to go.
Anyone in the path, stay safe and I will be thinking of you.
For everyone else, should I go missing from the blog world for a couple of days, you know where I am. I will be safe and am prepared.