Power Outages Can Be Stressful If Not Prepared.
Power outages can be caused by a wide variety of sources including general utility problems, winter storms, lightening strikes, wind storms as well as grid overload. There are numerous other causes but for the purpose of this article the fact remains the same…….the power is out.
Depending upon your geographic location, housing type, environment, and overall health – power outages can range from a minor inconvenience to a serious threat. Summer heat can be serious threat to the elderly without air conditioning and frigid winters are a threat to everyone absent of heat.
In the old days, power outages were kinda of sparse but as a kid they were times when the parents would drag out candles, kerosene lamps and make it a fun event.
As an adult, I can not stand power outages. During and after Hurricane IKE, we lost power for 2 weeks and lived on a generator. With the gas prices they are today, that would be an expensive two weeks. We were able to purchase gas from a station that ran the pumps utilizing a generator. Small towns in Texas have their act together when it comes to disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes or ice storms.
If you got caught not having the supplies you needed such as water, the local sheriffs department came around to ensure you were ok and left you a case of water. The local volunteer department had food and water to help you out for a couple of days. All in all, it worked out ok.
With hurricane season coming into its strongest part of the season, why not get ready for it by creating a power outage kit before the storm hits? (more…)