" ARE YOU PREPARED!!!"
Sorry did'nt mean to go all Alstry on ya, but it fits for this post.
This weekend high winds of 80 MPH hit the Chicagoland area, taking out much of the power. So it got me to thinking about how reliant I am on power, and if I was prepared for some event that took out the whole grid for an extended period of time.
The first thing I did was get all the candles out, I had a few lighters but to my dismay no matches, the lighters would'nt last forever. Then we decided we better eat before dark, It was ham and cheese sandwhiches since the less the fridge is open the better. That led me to think about the fact that my stove is electric. I have a charcoal grill but eventually the steaks in the freezer would go bad.
One thing that really got me worried was that as the night went on my beer started getting warmer, and that is totally unacceptable to me, what are we in Europe?
Our only sources of information was a radio that runs on batteries, and luckily our cell phones were charged. Unfortunatley no internet since I just buy the prepaid phone cards, much cheaper. To battle the lack of air conditioning much of the evening was spent on the balcony, just talking with my wife (so that was a plus, you take for granted the communication your missing if I'm watching my sports or on the computor, while shes in the other room watching whatever she watches)
The next day I checked the car to see how much gas I had only a quarter of a tank, hmm- not gonna get me very far and I do believe that the pumps run on electricity. Was able to find a store with power so I could buy ice, and gas. But if the whole grid is out that would'nt be an option.
Noticed that one of my neighbors was running a generator but the noise alerted everyone to the fact that he had power and everyone else did not. Seems like putting a bullseye on your back in an extended period of power loss. Which would bring me to self protection, I keep a couple of samauri swords, my hunting rifle, and a taser (sidenote- for anyone who is in the market for a taser, shareholders get a $50 dollar discount, buy one share at $4 your up $46).
Obviously the powers back up, but I was just curious as to what steps fellow Fools have taken in the event that the power goes out indefinately?