People who never thought that they could be without electricity in America for a week or longer learned a tough lesson from Hurricane Sandy. Unfortunately, these people didn’t heed the lessons from the New Orleans disaster of Hurricane Katrina.
The fact is that we have a false sense of security about the reliability of the electrical power grid, from both a national standpoint and a local / regional standpoint. Terror attacks from cyberspace put us at risk from a national and regional standpoint. Decaying infrastructure and local weather events are the primary culprits from a local standpoint.
There are two main ways that you can prepare for electrical power outages. You can either go large and position yourself for an electrical power outage that lasts a week or longer, or you can plan more for common power outages that are less than three days.
Purchasing an electrical power generator as a backup is a good idea if you are looking at a power outage that will last a couple of days. Since the generator is useless without gas to run it, you will be limited by how much gas you have in gas cans in the yard or shed.
If the power outage affects a large area, then you won’t be able to easily run to the gas station and refuel, since their pumps won’t be working without electricity. That’s not a problem if the next town over has electricity, but if the blackout is wide spread, you are out of luck.
The other thing to consider is that your backup power generator will not easily power your air conditioner or furnace unless you have hired an electrician beforehand to do some wiring for a transfer box. It’s not like you can run out to Home Depot this morning and have your heat or air conditioning this afternoon, as backup generators are only good for plugging things into them via electrical cords.
So the lesson to learn here is that if you want to rely on your gas powered backup generator, then you need to store gasoline and have an electrician wire a transfer box ahead of time.
On the other hand, the key to preparing for a power outage is to learn some strategies for coping with less power or no power at all. The person who can manage without electricity is far ahead of the person that tries to get by with a backup source for a period of time. Surviving a power outage is easiest when you have skills to get by with less.
This includes understanding how to stay warm in your house when the furnace is out, how to cook on your barbecue grill when the electric stove is useless, and how to keep the food in your refrigerator from spoiling within 24 hours.
Urban survival skills also include understanding that a massive power outage that catches you by surprise when you are away from home could leave you stranded for a day or two at work or wherever you are, so having an emergency preparedness kit in your car is critical.
Source by Mike Kuykendall