I was not ready for a power outage! But it turned into a great Idea!

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 GREC# 169695

As a previous post proved my desk is not always organized, but me personally I'm usually ready for anything that comes along.  BUT not last Friday.  I was working and still a bit under the weather from a cold or flu or whatever I had.  I called to tell my husband that I had to run a few errands and then I would be home.  It was around 1:00 in the afternoon. He told me the power was out.  UGH!!

It was a little bit misty out and really windy, but there wasn't a storm.  Surely it would not be out long.  Of course I do live in rural Georgia. No electricity means nothing at my house but the wood burning stove/heater. 

So I ran my few errands and got home.  Donald had called our EMC and got a recording that said it would be back on at 4:45. Yeah!  So we hoped in the car and went out for an early dinner. (This was our mistake)  Because when we got back home at 6, still no lights and it was almost dark and the fire was almost out.  We went to walk the puppies and came back and realized we'd spend no time planning for long term power outage.  Nothing we usually do was done.

We hunted for candles and matches in the dark... my husband went out again for drinking water and ice.  I started the fire back as it was getting quite chilly in my house.

Now it's 8 and still no power.  But we've got candles, a warm cozy fire and are playing cribbage by candle light.  It was after 10 that our lights came back on, thankfully it was before bedtime.

Usually in the summer I keep a few gallons of "flush" water and if a storm is coming I fill up a few extra buckets in the bath tub and fill the puppies water bottle and the kitties water bottle.  This time it wasn't a storm and I wasn't prepared.  So now I really do have a bad weather "kit".  It sits in a milk crate in the bottom of my pantry.  It has drinking water, flush water, puppy and cat food, snacks, (the puppy, cat and people food I will trade out for new every two weeks to keep it fresh)  batteries ( will trade for new every 6 months) and radio, candles, lighter, flashlight & a deck of cards. 

I feel so much better now that I'm organized for a power outage! I am now going to start working on one for the office.  At the office we may or may not have water when the power goes out.  I guess that depends on how wide spread the outage would be. 

lightbulb.jpg 46.9K While I was working on this I had an idea.  Why not make this my new home buyer gift.  I mean everyone could use an emergency kit.  So I've gone out and bought some flashlights, milk crates, batteries, candles, lighters and bottled water and decks of cards and put together a "light" emergency kit for my buyers.  Of course they may want or need to add items if they have pets and children. And yesterday I ordered flashlights with my company name and number on them.

But thinking that I truly didn't have a kit before this weekend made me realize that most folks probably don't have one.  And the market I work in is about 50% second homes and who would have one at their second home?  So this is going to be my buyer gift for a while on Lake Sinclair.

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Michael A. Caruso
Surterre Properties - Laguna Niguel, CA

It is a great idea (and sounds like a cozy and fun night, as well).

Oct 30, 2008 03:53 AM #1
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Susan Emo
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Tammy -  what a fantastic idea!   Every time our power goes out I decide I will be prepared for the next time - NOT!   Today, I am going to create mine, guaranteed.  I have a new single woman first time buyer taking possession of her new home this weekend and I now know exactly what I'm getting her.  Great post

Oct 30, 2008 03:55 AM #2
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Rebecca Schrader
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Tammy,

Being from Central Florida, and having endured a few hurricanes in my time, I can totally appreciate this gift idea! It's not fun being without supplies when the power goes out. After the  hurricanes back in 2004 we were without power for over a week after each hurricane!...that's why we bought a generator...but I've never been without "emergency supplies" in my house...You learn when you live in Florida to ALWAYS be prepared...even during those nasty Summer Storms! I always have empty sanitized plastic containers for drinking & cooking water...I have canned goods...I stock up on bags of charcoal and lighter fluid (and matches) I have an entire box full of batteries (I purchase them when they're on sale)...and I always have my laundry done BEFORE the storms arrive...A WEEK IS A LONG TIME TO GO W/OUT POWER...and clean clothes!

So especially in your location, this is a wonderful gift idea...nice touch with your information on the flashlights...we KNOW no one will throw those out!

Oct 30, 2008 04:04 AM #3
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Hi Tammy, Here in Floirda I stay pretty well prepared for a storm because we never know when we'll be faced with a hurricance or Tropical storm.  So many here had back up generators installed in their homes after the Hurricane Frances and Jean in 2004 - so automatic lights, everything.  Good idea to be prepared and give your customers the tools to be prepared also!

Oct 30, 2008 04:49 AM #4
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Anita Beach
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We had a rubber tub that had everything in the storm shelter when it was tornado season when we lived in Kansas. It is a great thing to have and to be prepared for any type of storm - or no storm. I think it is a great gift idea - thanks for the post!!

Oct 30, 2008 05:14 AM #5
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
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Michael- My husband actually was teaching me to play cribbage.  I like it and I'm not going to let him beat me again.  But we often turn out the lights and have a warm and cozy fire, but I still like when my icemaker is working.

Susan- Okay I'm popping over to your blog in a couple of days to see if you followed through with this.

Rebecca- went through a tornado myself in 92, you'd think... but alas time goes by and I'd slipped.

Sandy- I do need to get a generator for my frig and freezers.

Anita- I just hope I really follow through with swapping stuff out.  Nothing would tick me off more than stale oreos in a storm. LOL

Oct 30, 2008 07:51 AM #6
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That's an amazing idea, Tammy. I guess you can hope that your clients never have to use that emergency kit but if they do, they will think of you. I was without power for four days last January. A tree fell on my house. I was worried that if the tree next to it fell, it would put a hole in our roof and we'd have to leave, so you can bet I had an emergency kit.

One thing you might add is a list of nearby motels / hotels that will take pets.

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Nov 01, 2008 04:21 AM #7
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Elizabeth- The idea to add the motels & hotels list is fantastic.  Thanks.   I have a closing next week and will get the list added.  I'll have to get busy and see which ones take pets.

Nov 01, 2008 09:59 AM #8
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Jen Bowman
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I love the idea for a client gift! We keep a big container (5 gallons) of water just in case.  Back in the summer, there was a water main break and we couldn't use the water because it could be contaminated.  I think that lasted 2 days. It was awful, we are so spoiled!

Nov 04, 2008 11:35 AM #9
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Jen- I had a three day power outage back in the winter of 03.  Burrr!  I borrowed a generator from my dad to save the stuff in my freezer.  Looks like I would have bought myself one by now.  Maybe soon.

Nov 04, 2008 02:19 PM #10
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Ron Marshall
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I like this idea.  But, I hope that agents around here think birdhouses!

May 02, 2012 06:36 AM #11
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Tammy Lankford,
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Well Ron... we did some serious digging to find this one.  And I think your birdhouses make a fabulous gift too.

May 02, 2012 09:11 AM #12
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Don Sabinske
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See you have a plan now.  We are always prepared for a power outage.....we live in "the sticks!"

Dec 17, 2012 05:03 AM #13
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