In the dead of winter, what would you need is a snowstorm tore power from your home for three days? Do you have everything that you need to survive?
Back to the Basics:
Shelter: Assuming no trees have caused a hole in your home, this one is good to go. Optimally, your home should be well insulated, keeping in as much precious warmth as possible, meaning (at least) double pane windows, proper ventilation and insulation.
Heat: In many homes, no electricity means any heat. Many newer homes have opted for electric heat or gas fireplaces. In times of emergency, gas can still be used as it doesn’t require electricity, though models with a fan or blower will still need to be plugged in to function normally. A traditional fireplace is my favorite, however, as it doesn’t require anything other than dry wood and a spark to get going. In addition to being able to use it for warmth, you can also use it to cook!
Water: You will need a minimum of a gallon per person, per day to stay optimally hydrated. Meaning that one person will need three gallons of water for this three-day power outage scenario. If you have a family of three, that jumps to 9 gallons. If you have a family of two plus two dogs, you guessed it, that figure jumps to 12 gallons. Dogs need water too! Here is more detailed information about water and wates retention.
Food & Nutrition: Cooking without electricity is nearly unheard of these days and can present a challenge for people who are not used to doing such a task. This is another reason why a traditional fireplace can come in handy, though other alternatives can also be used. Please check out these basics of food!
Every hour that passes, your fridge and freezer are getting warmer and warmer. Start by eating perishable foods. If the outage lasts longer than 3 days, you should leave the foods that will last longer for the days further away.
On average, you should plan on each person getting 1700-2500 calories per day, depending on the person, activity level, and other health and personal qualifiers. Focus more on caloric intake than on serving size, as these things can vary drastically between different foods. Still curious? Here
Security / Protection: In a normal storm, you may not really need to worry about your family’s protection, as you would with longer disasters. Nevertheless, keeping your primary protection units on hand is never a bad idea. Remember, security systems and remote monitors will be down, so keeping additional protection provisions on hand is a must. Keep pepper spray on hand for those tough moments. A simple barking dog can also act as a deterrent in tough situations. Communication is one of the key components to creating a secure perimeter.
First Aid: This should be in everyone’s keepsake. A detailed first aid kit is handy in any situation, from a splinter, to a burn. A simple antibiotic and band aid kit is not sufficient for an emergency, but it can be a good start.
Thank you for reading my first entry. There are many more articles to come as – as I make my journey, I plan to share what I learn. It might not be for you, but it may offer a different perspective and open you up to something new. Again, thank you for reading, and if you have any suggestions, leave them in the comment section!