This is the third ice storm in three weeks. The last one put the electricity out for 10 hours . It wasn't so bad. My home is well insulated . Much of which I did when we put on a second floor a few years ago. More than enough for 24 hours of survival without an alternate heat source.
After that length of time , some winter camping would be in order. I have done that . By choice. I have always thought any survival skills are worth learning . I take any opportunity I can to learn them . So if the grid goes down , we are moving into the tipi. Besides a prospector's tent , it is the next best thing for winter camping. That is if you don't have enough snow drifts to cut blocks to make an igloo. But , I am not in igloo country , so the tipi is it.
Meanwhile , I have filled the bathtub with water for flushing .
My largest pots / water containers are filled with water for drinking and boiling over a Coleman stove outside should I need it .
The house is stocked with can goods , preserves and dried foods.
There are enough candles and matches.
The first aid kit is full and always ready.
The cell phone and other batteries are charged up for quick use.
The car radio will have to do for any updates. The gas tank is full.
I've checked with the neighbours to see if they are prepped.
Everyone is home and accounted for since no one could get to work or school this morning.
How Much Can You Take
Am I over reacting ?
Not really. Check out www.theweathernetwork.com/wildestwinterstorms for a quick peek at the potential I am always prepared for. The Ice Storm of 1998 happened right here. Unforgettable. Always on our minds.
Alternate accommodation is a likely possibility.
Are you prepared for the freak storm in your area? With global warming , these massive storms are becoming more common than 'freak'.
Cities get the worst of it.
For now ...we have to wait and see. I think I'll go cook up a few bannock while there is still electricity. You never know...
This sentiment can become yours if you are not prepared for it.