How Well Prepared Are YOU in the Event of an Emergency?

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC NC# 218097
Occasionally the power goes out in any given houseWe THOUGHT we were well prepared and probably compared to a lot of houseBe Preparedholds we were. Do you ever give any thought as to how well prepared YOU are if the power goes out for an extended period of time?

Yesterday morning at about 5:30 am, I noticed there was no electricity functioning in the house. Usually if this happens in December in the mountains of Western North Carolina, there is cause for concern...typically it is very cold outside at night. This year though, the outside temperature was in the 50s. No big deal. Since the time changed recently, we still aren't quite used to how dark it still is early in the morning. No problem we thought, we have flashlights, candles, and oil lamps.

Right and wrong. Yes, we do have those things and the flashlights were fairly close at hand but the ones handiest to us both had weak batteries. How much duh should one have to face in a crisis? Yes, we do have candles (hello! we used to own a candle store!) but in the spirit of a recent house cleaning frenzy, the candles are stored in the basement. Yes, we do have several oil lamps and to our credit they did have some oil in them but not much.

We are looking at yesterday's 6 hour episode as a wake up call to be sure our emergency things are functioning so that when we need them they are easily accessible. I'll bet we have a dozen flashlights (hello! we used to own a camping and backpacking store!) but there wasn't a strong beam to be had. Luckily, daylight came about an hour and a half after we realized the power was out but we got a shopping list ready. We'll make sure there are spare bulbs, batteries, matches and lamp oil easy to get to.

The highest source of anxiety yesterday was making sure we could take care of our dog Wiggles. She requires a special diet for her failing kidneys. Her food is cooked and then put through a food processor. The cooking part we can deal with, lots of gas stoves at our disposal but the food processor isn't as easy to duplicate without electricity. We know we won't always absolutely have to have a food processor at our disposal 24 hours a day but it did make us thinks about the ability to plug in small appliances to some kind of generator. Such as small portable electric heaters, hair dryer, crockpot and of course...the food processor. Those aren't emergency items to be certain but they are "comfort" items.

How about you? Have you stored your flashlights in a convenient place and are they in good repair? Do you have spare batteries and bulbs? How about other sources of light? Do you have candles and oil lamps filled and ready to go? How about matches to make them work? What other items do you find essential to be ready to cope with power outages? Have you given any recent thought as to how well prepared are YOU in the event of an emergency?

 

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Alan Kirkpatrick
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Mona

Very informative post. Hope you have a super weekend 

Dec 06, 2013 02:22 PM #1
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Gerard Gilbers
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Great information. We do not normally have an issue with power here but try to have flashlights available. We also have water for 2 days stored along with some canned food. Our reliance on electricity would be an issue without a generator could be a problem!

Dec 06, 2013 03:02 PM #2
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Hi Mona, This is a great post and I am sure most are not ready for this type of emergency. The odd thing is I was thinking about this very subject the last few days and wondering how people were getting along with the loss of power and the extreme cold in parts of country. Should homes have an independant source of power at least to prevent freezing? It certainly is food for thought. Having a gas fireplace or two or a gas stove ( even a gas grill ) could keep people from freezing, while it still could be uncomfortable. 

Dec 06, 2013 03:30 PM #3
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Barbara Todaro
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Good morning, Mona....the best solution is to install a generator even if it just handles some of the electrical needs...

Dec 06, 2013 05:33 PM #4
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Roger D. Mucci
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Something I think about quite often and still haven't done a damn thing about it. I've had a flashlight on my kitchen counter for months that needs batteries....I am so not prepared for an emergency.

Dec 06, 2013 08:04 PM #5
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Joe Jackson
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i have about 6 flashlights and extra batteries.

Dec 06, 2013 09:14 PM #6
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Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
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This is an emergency?  Seems like a minor inconvenience to me.  Personally, I'd define this type of "emergency" is less dire means.  

Dec 07, 2013 05:16 AM #7
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