Friday, January 27, 2012

Alternate Accommodation ???

I am sitting here on this icy winter day . Stranded by a coating of ice so thick that even to walk outside is a danger.   I wouldn't make it off the front step quite in a manner I would like.

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
We have plenty of winter gear to put on as is usual at this time of year.

Am I over reacting ?

Not really. Check out 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.


  1. Living in the UK we have pretty moderate climate but I always feel that there is the possibility for anything anywhere. We have gas stoves and our house is well insulated...we also have the ability to make fires should we need to but I am limited to living in a modern house which makes things so much harder to plan for bad winters and long power outages....i think that when they build new houses they really should think more about climate and possibilities of how people could cope without direct power to their homes within the accommodation that they are building. The old houses certainly are more able to cope with the harsh weather than the newly built dwellings.

  2. You sound fairly well set up for a big one allotments4you. Gas stoves are handy and a fireplace , too.
    In a rural area such as ours, gas isn't available. We have oil heat and a well but both require electricity to run. The rain barrel is frozen solid so emergency water is out. Of course there is always the sump well in the basement for non-drinking/eating water.
    A fireplace is an asset .
    Oh how I would love to have an old-fashioned Finnish style sauna in the back acre. Alternate accommodation superb.

    You are right about planning new homes for such weather. New builds can incorporate change with a few tweaks to the blueprints.