We just got power back here in SC last night, after being out for 32 hours. Trees and branches down, power lines down, power poles snapped, It’s a real mess out there. About 32 degrees out for the last few days with heavy rains turning to ice on contact. As we pride ourselves on be prepared, how did we score?
- Food: Plenty of non perishable food, and perishables were stored outside in the cold.
- Water: Had stocked bottled water for drinking, and filled buckets etc. from the well after firing up a generator once just for that purpose about 70 gallons).
- Toilets: Had a Joe Jenkins Bucket Toilet set up for us and guests (6 at one point) who had no power or heat.
- Heat: Two portable propane heaters, and extra 20lb cylinders as well as 1lb cylinders.
- Cooking: I had installed a propane range a while back, connected to a 20lb cylinder.
- Light: Candles and LED flashlights. No issues.
- Hygiene: Heated water on stove for washing up / hobo bath.
- Communications: replaced cordless phone with wired phone. cell phone backup. used vehicle to charge cell phones and kindle.
- Entertainment: played games, read books, talked (what a concept)
- Vehicles had plenty of fuel
No stores open, the whole community was powered down (and much still is).
What would I do differently for next time?
- Install a small woodstove.
- 12v battery powered pump on the rain barrel for pressurized water for showering, etc.
- more card games.
- bigger ham radio that does not require a local repeater (coming very soon).
- More rechargeable batteries in a larger variety of sizes (charger has a 12v vehicle adapter).