Yes, we were treated to not one but FOUR power cuts in a 36-hour period this weekend due to a faulty transformer up the street. Just my little group of eight town homes were affected...lucky us! Fortunately, they restored it once and for all just as I was heading out the door to get ice for my fridge/freezer...but not before my poor hubby, who was off of work and in "vampire mode" (staying up all night and sleeping during the day in preparation for a string of night shifts), had to spend a very long night sitting alone in the dark with no electronics to keep him entertained.
So how prepared are you for an unexpected power outage? Here's a checklist of items you should always have on hand to minimize that powerless feeling when the lights go out:
- flashlights and batteries; candles
- manual can opener and non-perishable foods like tuna, evaporated milk and dry cereal
- firewood and matches (in cold weather)
- charcoal/gas for the grill and/or sterno (if your cooking appliances are electric)
- pre-cooked rice, barley or pasta (keep in freezer to thaw and eat at room temperature)
- at least one clean change of clothes for each family member
- dishwashing liquid, sponges and clean dish towels
- car phone charger
Most of all, keep a good attitude. While losing electricity can be challenging, it's also offers a great opportunity to spend quality time with loved ones, catch up on some reading, and tap into your inner pioneer. Being prepared will help take the stress out of the situation so that you can relax and enjoy roughing it a little.