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What To Do In A Winter Power Outage

 
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What To Do In A Winter Power Outage
Winter power outages can happen for a number of reasons. Rolling blackouts, winter storms, trees coming down because of high winds or ice...Whatever the reason it is smart to be ready and know what to do in case it happens to you. Remember, if you are stranded or without water DO NOT EAT SNOW FOR WATER! It will cause hypothermia.

Be Prepared
Being prepared for the unexpected makes all the difference. Since you never know when something may happen it is best to take steps to make sure that you have the things you need right now.

In a rubbermaid tub somewhere that is easy to get to have the following items handy and ready to use. This means that if the item takes batteries, the batteries are current and working with extra batteries in the tub. Check the dates about 4 times a year just to make sure that you have them when you need them. Many of these things should be in addition to the normal stuff that you have for disaster preparedness.

1. Flashlight- have a couple of different sizes. I think the best flashlight is the type that you wind up or shake and that has no need of batteries at all.

2. A hand crank radio so that you know what is happening. Battery operated will work too, but again, you will be dependent on batteries.

3. Oil lamps for long term outages. Include matches.

4. A hard wired telephone, not just a cordless. A cordless will not work without electricity. A cell phone is good to have as well but depending on the weather there could be problems with that.

5. If you depend on electricity to get your water (such as with a well) then be sure you have extra drinking water on hand.

6. A back up generator is a blessing if you can afford it. Be sure to have everything you need for it to run.

7. Warm clothing. This sounds silly but in our modern times we don;t dress for warmth because we move from heated houses to heated cars to heated workplaces. In case of a cold weather power outage you will want thermal underwear (long johns) for each family member as well as layers of clothing and warm socks. Be sure there are hats, gloves, scarves, and coats in case you need to get away from the house to seek shelter elsewhere.
8. It is good to have a fireplace or wood-burning stove for warmth. Make sure you have a stock of wood in case you need it. Try to close off the room that the fireplace is in to keep the warmth in it. You can use blankets over the doorways if you need to.

9. If there is someone at your house on some type of life support that depends on power then make sure you know what to do in case of an outage and that you have the items you need. Talk to your health care provider.

10 Use your hot water sparingly. It will stay hot for a couple of days in the hot water heater if you don't waste it.

11 Blankets. Have extra. Down filled comforters are great.

12. Have some games and things you can do to pass the time. Make it fun
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Move to Florida and live on a boat:
[link to www.megayachtsonline.com]
-much more comfortable and a whole lot cheaper.
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i would suggest setting up a tent inside your home for a sleeping area, crumple up newspapers as insulation (fire hazard) , and pile in sleeping bags and blankets. disposable 10 hour hand warmers are $2 for six at walmart. you have to eat to fuel the furnace in your body, carbs/fats/sugars. wear a hat, big heat loss if you don't. i wear thermal underwear from now till april, wool socks, light gloves while driving or shopping.

water is also important in regulating body temps. this takes some training, but shivers start in your lower back, if you can focus on relaxing your lower back, you actually stay warmer. shivering helps kick the body into warming up, but can get out of control, wasting energy.

i winter camp and have slept on the ice bergs, i grew up in this crap and don't like it. but i do manage to stay warm ;)
"By way of deception, thou shalt do war."

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Move to Florida and live on a boat:
[link to www.megayachtsonline.com]
-much more comfortable and a whole lot cheaper.
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ya its a good idea....

but millions of us are stuck in the northern hemisphere.
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kitty Don't forget to check out the Ray Mears survival videos...


Zec 12:3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.
Psa 9:17 The wicked shall be turned into hell, [and] all the nations that forget God.
Jer 6:2 I have likened the daughter of Zion to a comely and delicate [woman].
STOCK UP NOW. You should have at least 6 months worth of basics for every member of your household. Stay away from crowds when trouble starts, do not forget water storage, tobacco is worth more than gold or silver, and be kind to hungry children.
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i would suggest setting up a tent inside your home for a sleeping area, crumple up newspapers as insulation (fire hazard) , and pile in sleeping bags and blankets. disposable 10 hour hand warmers are $2 for six at walmart. you have to eat to fuel the furnace in your body, carbs/fats/sugars. wear a hat, big heat loss if you don't. i wear thermal underwear from now till april, wool socks, light gloves while driving or shopping.

water is also important in regulating body temps. this takes some training, but shivers start in your lower back, if you can focus on relaxing your lower back, you actually stay warmer. shivering helps kick the body into warming up, but can get out of control, wasting energy.

i winter camp and have slept on the ice bergs, i grew up in this crap and don't like it. but i do manage to stay warm ;)
 Quoting: malu

its good to have your experience of winter camping malu...97 percent of people have never tried it!

What Is Hypothermia
Hypothermia happens when the body loses heat. As the body temperature begins to drop shivering begins to occur. Once this happens the body reduces the amount of blood circulating to the arms and legs in an attempt to maintain the core temperature. If chilling continues then shaking will become uncontrollable, disorientation can occur, closely followed by slurred speech and sleepiness. If the core temperature continues o drop the person will become irrational and eventually death will occur without outside intervention.

If you see these signs in an older person, even if it does not seem that cold, you need to act quickly to get them warm or get help. The signs can be easily overlooked in older people so be aware.



1. Warm the core before the extremities. Get them wrapped in blankets (leave feet and arms out), put a hat on them, add a vest..anything to bring the core temperature up.

2. Give them warm drinks...even warm water will help get the core temperature up. Do not give them alcohol or coffee.
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i have body bags that i use for the search/rescue team, which are made of the space blanket material. fit in your pocket, $8

they are incredible, if i were to climb in one right now, i would be sweating in just a few minutes. in a very cold situation with little shelter, i would put a sleeping bag inside of one

they are used to treat hypothermia
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i have body bags that i use for the search/rescue team, which are made of the space blanket material. fit in your pocket, $8

they are incredible, if i were to climb in one right now, i would be sweating in just a few minutes. in a very cold situation with little shelter, i would put a sleeping bag inside of one

they are used to treat hypothermia
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good advice....most people dont prep for the winter situations....
So be it........
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this guy makes some good vids....

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Thanks for the list OP! xxx eyebat
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i carry an extra bag in my truck during the winter with a couple sets of polar fleece,socks,gloves,hats,etc. either for me or in case i come across someone in need. along with shovels,rope, sleeping bag,flares, first aid, food and water, which normally is ice btw

we are having one heck of a winter storm right now, lots of pile ups and people getting stranded, and more than likely, freezing their asses off
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Thanks for the list! xxx eyebat
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hi Gal cheer


xxx
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i carry an extra bag in my truck during the winter with a couple sets of polar fleece,socks,gloves,hats,etc. either for me or in case i come across someone in need. along with shovels,rope, sleeping bag,flares, first aid, food and water, which normally is ice btw

we are having one heck of a winter storm right now, lots of pile ups and people getting stranded, and more than likely, freezing their asses off
 Quoting: malu

cold here too.......could be a very cold winter.
So be it........
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Gal are you prepared for any power-outage-in-the-dead-of-winter scenarios ?
So be it........
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panic sex?
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Thanks for the list! xxx eyebat

hi Gal cheer


xxx
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Hi D hf
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panic sex?
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guess one wont have a problem keeping it stiff in sub zero temp.
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Shouldn't I get a whole house generator...like those on here?
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The power is always going out here in the middle of nowhere...can't depend on the power company.
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Shouldn't I get a whole house generator...like those on here?
[link to floridaearthmovers.com]
The power is always going out here in the middle of nowhere...can't depend on the power company.
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woodstove is important.
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Gal are you prepared for any power-outage-in-the-dead-of-winter scenarios ?
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Yes, but not to a great extent. It's freezing here right now!
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Gal are you prepared for any power-outage-in-the-dead-of-winter scenarios ?


Yes, but not to a great extent. It's freezing here right now!
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i know. must be -15 with the wind chill.
So be it........
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Gal are you prepared for any power-outage-in-the-dead-of-winter scenarios ?


Yes, but not to a great extent. It's freezing here right now!

i know. must be -15 with the wind chill.
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Something like that.
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Gal are you prepared for any power-outage-in-the-dead-of-winter scenarios ?


Yes, but not to a great extent. It's freezing here right now!

i know. must be -15 with the wind chill.


Something like that.
 Quoting: Smoulderin'Gal

i am eating minestrone...good winter soup...what are you eating?>
So be it........
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Gal are you prepared for any power-outage-in-the-dead-of-winter scenarios ?


Yes, but not to a great extent. It's freezing here right now!

i know. must be -15 with the wind chill.


Something like that.

i am eating minestrone...good winter soup...what are you eating?>
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I have the flu, and I don't feel like eating much. I had a sandwich, that's it
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Gal are you prepared for any power-outage-in-the-dead-of-winter scenarios ?


Yes, but not to a great extent. It's freezing here right now!

i know. must be -15 with the wind chill.


Something like that.

i am eating minestrone...good winter soup...what are you eating?>


I have the flu, and I don't feel like eating much. I had a sandwich, that's it
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did you get an H1N1 shot?
So be it........
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Gal are you prepared for any power-outage-in-the-dead-of-winter scenarios ?


Yes, but not to a great extent. It's freezing here right now!

i know. must be -15 with the wind chill.


Something like that.

i am eating minestrone...good winter soup...what are you eating?>


I have the flu, and I don't feel like eating much. I had a sandwich, that's it

did you get an H1N1 shot?
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No, why?
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thats good....
So be it........
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thats good....
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Until it becomes mandatory, then we're screwed!
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thats good....


Until it becomes mandatory, then we're screwed!
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that was me
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thats good....


Until it becomes mandatory, then we're screwed!


that was me
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LOL.....your immune system can fight anything...doesnt need artificial help.





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