Last night we had a small incident where the power had gone out for about 2 hours. Right away I retrieved our super bright LED flashlights and Emergency Radio. I still had a signal on my cellphone with Verizon and was able to reach out to other neighbors with the app Next-door.
I learned a few important things about being prepared during this two hour span. My furnace and gas fireplace have options to add a battery operated ignitor too that I need to look into. Even though I had a radio it was more than difficult to find any type of news updates locally and even thought I could still communicate with folks in the area through a cellphone app, it the local tower were to go out there would be no communication. Another problem was that I had no way of charging my cellphone other than plugging it into the power plug in my vehicle.
Like most homes we are an urban/suburban living household. While there are certain options that make this life comfortable like a short drive to and from work each day, their are also some things that make less than comfortable. Now I could get into all of the differences of living in the City, Suburb or the Country, but I will keep it pretty simple here.
In the event of a major incident does my home have what it takes to see us through it? Whether it is an Earthquake, a hurricane or just a major storm are we prepared to eat, drink (water), stay warm and communicate with others. We all have seen the kind of chaos and devastation that storms can reap I have been in a few small incidents like this myself.
I have made the decision to start working on becoming more prepared for a situation like this and will probably spending some writing time dedicated to it. I will set the stage in my mind where we just had a major earthquake in our area. Our home wasn’t damaged, but we have lost all power, gas and any form of communications other than the radio. We will have to survive for 30 long days in this current condition. I know that some of my reader may be bored with this subject, but I believe that it is important not only in my own life but in the lives of others.