Wintertime can be wonderful, with beautiful scenery and the chance to spend the holidays with your loved ones. But it's not without its challenges, and for families facing a winter storm, losing power can bring some serious trouble if you're not prepared. Luckily, keeping a few basic tips in mind can help you get through a storm without power.
Here's a rundown of the things to consider.
• Heat – Heat should be your primary concern going into the winter, and it's vital that you have some alternate method of coping if the power goes out. Those who use a fireplace or wood stove are already in good shape, but those who use electric heat may be in trouble. Consider investing in small propane powered room heaters and moving the family into one room with the heater inside. Another option that takes some work is to build a fire outside and use it to heat up moderate size stones and rocks. Once the rocks are hot, place them in a metal bucket and bring them inside, placing them on something that can handle the heat. The radiating heat will warm the room – just be sure to rotate rocks regularly.
• Water – Water matters as well, and families should try to keep water handy. If the power goes, pumps and wells will as well so prepare accordingly. Fill up gallon jugs or five gallon buckets before the storm rolls in, and if you live near fresh water sources like a stream don't hesitate to fetch more from it – just make certain to boil it or filter it before use.
• Light – Staying stocked up on things like flashlights and candles is the only real solution to keeping your home lit, outside of oil lamps or lanterns. If the power goes, you'll want to be sure that you have these items at the ready.
• Food – Food is another big one, and when storms start heading in your direction the grocery stores will likely fill up with people. Try to focus on things that will last through several days without power – canned goods, dry goods, and similar items. Make sure to have a cooler on hand to keep perishables like meats or milk as well. Cooking is a consideration you'll have to make as well. Wood stoves can double as a range, but otherwise you might need to invest in propane powered gas stoves to prepare meals.
All in all, just a little preparation is all it takes to make sure you get through a winter storm without trouble. People have lived for centuries in extreme situations without modern conveniences, and if you plan ahead you can as well.