|Torches - including a wind-up/solar one|
Now and again something happens which brings me up short about the things I take for granted. The other morning it was another power failure. Notice I said another power failure! We live out of town and down a long dirt road so we do get them frequently enough that we're semi-prepared for them.
|Candles - do you like the Santas!|
Rang the power company and learned
- yes, there was a power outage in my area
- the cause was unknown
- if I had an emergency, I should ring this number and
- power was expected to be re-instated by 9 am.
And if the power's out for too long we can resort to the generator for the basics - like water because we're on tank water.
|Raided the pantry|
So, really, no biggie. But it go me thinking... if it wasn't short term, how well would we survive?
Which naturally sent me to Google! And I found some absolutely amazing sites written by people who have obviously considered this in detail. They even have a name - preppers.
Here are a couple of links you might like to look at...
- http://www.topprepperwebsites.com/ (gives links to all sorts of prepper websites)
- http://www.backdoorsurvival.com/ (Great little website - I spent ages browsing here!)
There are loads of tips - useful for calamities as well as everyday. For instance, keep some ice cubes in a plastic bag in your freezer. If the food in there has been thawed and re-frozen, you'll know because your bag of cubes with have turned into a solid block of ice. Like a "canary" for your freezer!
|A teabag or two...|
Anyway, after I'd explored these sites, I was off to my pantry to see what was there. Quite a bit of tinned food and dry food.
Lots of tea bags (those priorities! Plus they were on special a couple of weeks ago!)
Got some treats - just a couple (ahem) of blocks of dark chocolate! Good for energy and full of anti-oxidants!
And then (tongue only slightly in cheek) there's that excellent vegetable gardening thing I blogged about last month! At least, I know the slugs will be well feed in the event of a power failure!
How would your pantry manage if you had no power or couldn't get to the shops for a couple of weeks? Love to hear your thoughts on must-have items or any tips you have!
PS I'll be on the road in Outback New South Wales when this posts so my internet might be a bit indifferent, but I'm hoping it will let me in to chat as much as possible!