The Power’s Out – Now What?

Have you ever experienced an ice storm where everyone in your neighborhood has lost power? It may be cold up here in Wisconsin, but after an ice storm, you can store food in sealed containers in your garage for awhile. (trying to be positive).

Any electrical storm can take out a junction box in your neighborhood. With no electricity, there are no lights, no heat, no microwave, no stove. What do you do?

The best way to survive a power outage, is to have planned for it. If you can’t afford to take the family to a nice resort or hotel (not many can afford that), these tips will help you survive in your own home.

  • A set of cast iron pots and pans. These work well on a regular stove, but they are a blessing when you lose power. Use them to cook over a campfire or charcoal grill.  I suggest getting the frying pan and lid along with the large Dutch oven.
  • Water for 3 days. You will need a gallon of water per person per day; don’t forget the pets too! Buy a few 5-gallon food-grade buckets (with covers) and fill with filtered tap water
  • Toilet option – If you can’t use your toilet, a 5-gallon bucket, a heavy-duty leaf bag and some marine toilet or RV toilet cleaner will work.  It is archaic, but it works and it hopefully will only be a few days you will need it. Better yet, plan ahead and get a portable toilet, like this one from Amazon:
  • Food – Plan for 3 days of food for all family members (and pets too)! I usually don’t support buying anything canned, but in this case it comes in handy.
  • Cans of meaty soup (ones your family likes, not anything you can buy that is cheap).
  • Large box of instant rice.
  • Fresh or frozen vegetables
  • Cans of tuna, salmon and chicken – These will give your family protein that will last until opened.
  • Boxes of plain pasta. This can be used to add “filler” to any of your emergency meals.
  • If you don’t have a fireplace and it is winter, you will need to find an alternative to heating your home. Here is an article showing you 3 ways to consider when power is out and you need heat. The article is from Off The Grid News.
  • Flashlights, Candles and LanternsYou will need to see what you are doing and keep the kids happy too. Having some type of lighting makes things a lot less scary for little ones. Have appropriate non-electronic games and toys ready for when there is no power.

Well, you get the idea. The best thing is to have a plan. In summer you can camp outside and set up tents or make them. Make it fun. Hopefully everything will be back to normal quickly.

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