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Where Were You When The Lights Went Out?
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Where Were You When the Lights Went Out?

Have you ever been at a place of inconvenience when the lights went out? Have you ever wished you had been just a wee bit more thoughtful about planning for some kind of eventuality?

Can you prepare for all unplanned for events? Of course not. Can you prepare for most of them? Probably not. Can you prepare for some of them? Obviously you can.

Unfortunately most folks think things only happen to the "other" guy. Statistically it is proven that one day you will be that "other" guy. We cannot prepare for all things, but we can prepare for somethings, like when the lights go out.

In some areas of the country it is a rare occurrence for the power to go down. In others it is rather frequent, even if the outages are of rather short duration.

The lights went out in Southern California not long ago. They did not know what caused it and did not know how long they would be out. It turned out to be a few days.

In parts of the upper east power went down for over three weeks. Did anyone living in these areas plan on the power going down at all, much less for days or weeks? Obviously not. Where they prepared? Probably most of the "other" guys were not, but some of the of the "other" guys were.

Some had generators and flashlights and food and fuel and a way to keep warm. Some did not and had to go to shelters or leave the area to where all of those things were available. Those who left their homes with no heat probably returned to some serious flooding when the pipes thawed out and all of those which burst were spewing water like a fountain.

Unless you have been living under a rock, you know of all the turmoil and upheaval Mother Nature has been inflicting upon the worlds citizens. Tens of thousands have died and hundreds of thousands more have been misplaced. Floods have ravaged our land as have fires, drought, earth quakes, tornadoes, and hurricanes and winter blizzards.

Any one of these can be devastating on the best of days. However, if a body is somewhat prepared with some of the basics he could weather some or all in much better shape and remain emotionally intact through it all.

Getting a few days on supplies on hand for any unforeseen events is just plain good sense. Even FEMA is advocating having on hand food and water rations for two weeks or more. It also stands to reason if you need food for two weeks or more, having and adequate supply of alternate fuel is a must as also something to burn it in and cook on. And extra warm clothing and sleeping bags.

Alternative lighting and communication are also necessities. Having a few LED flashlights of various models but all using the same size batteries is a smart move. Having some kind of emergency hand crank weather radio will keep you informed and your spirits up. If you want to know anxiety, fear and stress give it ago in the dark during a major storm of some kind, never knowing when the lights will come on again or how bad things are going to get or for how long.

For beginners obtain some water and food storage. Easy to cook meals like canned soup and a way to heat it. Water should calculated at one gallon per day per person. Long burning candles, some kind of lantern, LED flashlights, hand crank dynamo radio, extra clothing and fuel to include an alternative heating source. This is for just short term thinking of few hours to a no more than three days.

For longer term preparedness make appropriate adaptations. In the end this should set your thinking cap to working so you will not be left totally in the dark.

And the answer to the question, "In the Dark". Happy prepping.

Street Talk

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