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Fairview 03-06-2013 07:23 PM

Preparing for Power Outages
 
We were without purchased power for a few days recently and lived fairly comfortable. After visiting with a few people in the area that seemed to not be very resourceful it makes me wonder what people around the world do to prepare when they have days of notice in advance.

I recall a U.S. national news TV station giving advise recently in advance of a snow storm. It went something like this: 1) By all means go gas your car and 2) stay home. :laughing:

joecaption 03-06-2013 07:45 PM

I walk out start up generator, go back in and watch TV or get back on DIY Chatroom.

I try to keep about 10 gal. of non ethenal gas on hand at all times and another 1 gal. of mixed fuel ready for the chain saw.
All have Stabil in them. If the 5 gal. can do not get used in about 3 months I dump them in the truck and go buy new gas.
As a plan B I have a 2 burner propane camping stove, and a propane lantern and heater.

oh'mike 03-06-2013 08:10 PM

Look in the 'how to' section---there are plans for a candle powered room heater------
Talk about being prepared!

Good idea about keeping the gas fresh--------

paintdrying 03-06-2013 10:33 PM

I would rather the power goes out in winter. Then all my food will not go bad. As long as the natural gas is working I will have plenty of heat.

joecaption 03-06-2013 11:00 PM

We always keep plastic milk jugs filled 3/4 full in the freezer with water so it will keep colder longer.

Red Squirrel 03-07-2013 01:55 AM

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Keeps my server stuff running for about 5 hours. Can still go online with my phone or other hand held device. Computer upstairs dies after 15 minutes or so though.

That's about as much preparation as I got though. I really need to invest in a generator. We don't get long power outages very often here though, but they can happen any time to anyone so definitely good to be prepared. In summer it would not be the end of the world, the last long outage we had was that black out years back, and that was maybe like 12 hours if that. But if something like that was to happen in winter, it would start to get cold within a few hours and stuff would start to freeze probably in less than a day. So would need to let water run in all the faucets etc, and it would get very uncomfortable especially when having to get up in the morning to go to work. Brrrr! Mornings are the worse.

At some point I either want to buy a good quality portable generator and install an inlet, or buy a generac with ATS. They're actually not all that expensive either.

gregzoll 03-07-2013 08:08 AM

Always have a list of friends, that you can go to stay with, that may have power, if your area is without. We got lucky when we had our ice storm in 2006, that my wife's grandmother still had power, so we just went over there and stayed until ours came back on a couple of days later.

Ice storm of '78, I remember going out to friends of my parents and staying there, due to they had a fireplace, and generator. Camped out in their great room the whole week, while my dad worked double & triple shifts for the telephone company, coordinating the restoration of telephone services, due to he was on their crew that did that stuff.

r0ckstarr 03-07-2013 08:38 AM

We don't prepare until 2 days before a hurricane hits, lol.

During Ike, I stocked up on food, ice in coolers, water, and gasoline. We have two trucks, and I also have a 1966 Buick with a large gas tank. The Buick was my reserve for the trucks. I also picked up a marine battery and charged it up. The battery served well, as I had a place to charge my phone, camera batteries, and run a light at night. Our power was out for 2 weeks, and the weather wasn't too bad after the storm passed.

paintdrying 03-07-2013 07:44 PM

The gasoline thing can be a real problem in a power outage. We had no power for 7 days years back. Luckily many of my friends had power. I stayed in my home the whole time. I lived many years in Asia so it is no big deal to eat rotting meat.

vsheetz 03-08-2013 01:10 AM

6500 watt portable genny, genny inlet on the house. Maintain ~25 gallons of gas in cans plus another ~25 gallons or more in the dual tanks of our pickup truck. Genny uses about 5 gal every 10 hours of operation.

Plus we have a motorhome that is usually full of gas and propane. Can stay in it if need be or use to get out of dodge (we have had to evacuate on short notice due to wild fires).

We keep good supply of food and fresh water on hand in the house and motorhome.

Larryh86GT 03-08-2013 07:30 AM

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Originally Posted by paintdrying (Post 1132073)
The gasoline thing can be a real problem in a power outage. We had no power for 7 days years back. Luckily many of my friends had power. I stayed in my home the whole time. I lived many years in Asia so it is no big deal to eat rotting meat.


This is so true. In a major power outage many gas stations are without power to pump gas and it becomes very difficult to find gas to keep a gas powered generator running. The stations that do have power usually have long lines of folks getting gas for their generators. I converted my generator to run on propane shortly after I purchased it 10 years ago and it got a real test in Oct 2006 when our area was without power for a week. No worry about stale gas as it runs on the same 20 lb propane tanks that I use for my grill.

47_47 03-08-2013 09:00 AM

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Originally Posted by joecaption (Post 1131498)
We always keep plastic milk jugs filled 3/4 full in the freezer with water so it will keep colder longer.

Always done this. A full freezer uses less energy year round.

Solar powered landscape lights are cheap, can be brought inside for light and are safer than candles.

saun-D 03-18-2013 11:59 AM

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Originally Posted by Fairview (Post 1131385)
makes me wonder what people around the world do to prepare when they have days of notice in advance.

Far in advance our family decided to purchase a whole house standby generator from Briggs & Stratton. After looking around at what is all out there and realizing that the price for a home standby generator is a tad higher than we expected we were somewhat "disappointed" :censored: but with the safety of the family in mind we decided to press forward... We went with the following choice...

http://www.norwall.com/products/20kW...-Stratton.html

It is a 20kW standby generator with 200 amp auto transfer switch, which pretty much manages all of our necessities and some more during a blackout. After being through a few sticky situations we've come to realize that it was a great investment for us and our home. :thumbup:

jbfan 03-18-2013 03:52 PM

Maybe this!

http://www.lowes.com/pd_437234-47615...rchQueryType=1

JackDidley 03-21-2013 05:49 PM

Power inverter in the car. I once let my car idle for 3 days when we had an ice storm. My gas furnace will run off 120 volts so I had, heat, a light and TV while the neighbors were huddling around little kerosene heaters. I did bury my foods in the snow because I think the fridge would need too much power.


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