- Fill every container and the bath tubs with water
- Put aside additional drinking water in separate containers or get bottled water
- Buy ice and be ready to pack everything in coolers
- Fill the vehicles’ gas tanks, (all of the gas stations in the area were closed because the pumps don’t work without electricity)
- Get cash!!! There were some stores open without having power but it was cash only. I had a total of $8 in my wallet.
- If you have a gas grill or camp stove, make sure you’ve got lots of fuel for it.
- Get lots of extra batteries for flashlights, (these were way more useful than candles which don’t put out enough light to read or anything and when it gets dark at 5:30, you have a lot of spare time!!!) [I'd add that oil lamps are also useful - we have a couple here, but I should buy more oil for them (!) and have matches on hand - if you don't regularly light candles or have a fireplace, you might not have matches, either]
- If you have a fireplace, make sure you have lots of dry wood.
- And food of course. Stuff you don’t have to cook is really important
- As an afterthought she also added that a cell phone with a car charger was a life saver for them - her iPhone was great, she said.
As you can read above, there were some points you might not think of - gas pumps don't work without electricity, and neither do debit machines. We are so incredibly reliant on electricity, it is actually life-threatening not to have it. And it shouldn't be. We should all take a day and see how we survive in freezing temperatures without it. It might surprise us all.'
So here's to a winter where none of us have to live through a week with no electricity ... but where we are prepared to do so!