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Need tips re: what to do if we lose power during Nor’easter

 
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Need tips re: what to do if we lose power during Nor’easter
I’m from the south and now that I’m living in NYC, don’t have any experience with this impending scenario. I have plenty of basic preps food, batteries, etc. on hand. But would like some tips/advise on how to prepare and especially what to do to stay warm if we lose power.

Have a new 1500 watt inverter and just bought a deep cycle marine battery. Also bought a throw size electric blanket that uses 180 watts. Was thinking of using the inverter for the electric blanket to stay warm. I think that might give me 18 hours of warmth, but I’m not sure about that. Will also try to keep my iphone and laptop juiced up with the inverter if possible.

Have a gas stove and oven, so maybe I could bake bread or pizza to warm up the apt. if it got too cold. Only other thing I could think of was drinking lots of warm tea or coffee to stay warm.

Any thoughts, tips , suggestions? Many thanks.
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Non electirc blankets and quilts, thermal underwear, socks and gloves. Layers are the key. Good luck.
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arctic sleeping bags for you and family
not those cheapo bags good to 40F
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Re: Need tips re: what to do if we lose power during Nor’easter
I’m from the south and now that I’m living in NYC, don’t have any experience with this impending scenario. I have plenty of basic preps food, batteries, etc. on hand. But would like some tips/advise on how to prepare and especially what to do to stay warm if we lose power.

Have a new 1500 watt inverter and just bought a deep cycle marine battery. Also bought a throw size electric blanket that uses 180 watts. Was thinking of using the inverter for the electric blanket to stay warm. I think that might give me 18 hours of warmth, but I’m not sure about that. Will also try to keep my iphone and laptop juiced up with the inverter if possible.

Have a gas stove and oven, so maybe I could bake bread or pizza to warm up the apt. if it got too cold. Only other thing I could think of was drinking lots of warm tea or coffee to stay warm.

Any thoughts, tips , suggestions? Many thanks.
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You will probaby have to recharge that battery a couple times a day. If you have a car you can use jumper cables. Don't waste it on a stupid electric blanket.1doh1
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Jimbo: Thank you! Are you sure about not using an electric blanket? Wouldn't an electric blanket be warmer then regular blankets?
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Okay, okay.. I will set aside the electric blanket idea..and go research arctic sleeping bags.

Thanks guys! Any more tips?: cool2:
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Zero degree sleeping bag, perhaps a sub zero rated bag. If you can find one. Wool socks, gloves, and hats.
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Layered clothes. Head, feet, and hands. A lot of heat escapes through your head. Need to wear a hat and warm socks. Wool is best. Wicks moisture away from your body.
Wool socks and warm slippers will help a lot.

Wool, down, or good fleece blankets and/or outerwear will keep you as toasty as any electric blanket.

If you're planning on using your gas stove for baking, you might want to unplug your stove and try to light the pilot. Some stoves that use a ugh, piazo? to light the burner, won't work without electricity.

A good lamp will put off a lot of heat. LOTS of heat. Have to be careful about fire, but it offers much heat and comfort.

Good luck. Stay safe and warm.
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Can you afford a MR. Heater? It runs on a propane tank and can be used indoors?
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Layers are always good like others have stated. You could try putting blankets or the window plastic over all of your windows to help insulate your home as well. Obviously don't use your blankets for that purpose if you need them for yourself though. Just normal cooking will probably help your house a lot. With the oven OFF you can leave it very slightly open to let heat escape into the area. Don't do that if you're concerned with small children or pets though. If you're in a home with a second story the heat will rise and the second story may be warmer.
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Layered clothes. Head, feet, and hands. A lot of heat escapes through your head. Need to wear a hat and warm socks. Wool is best. Wicks moisture away from your body.
Wool socks and warm slippers will help a lot.

Wool, down, or good fleece blankets and/or outerwear will keep you as toasty as any electric blanket.

If you're planning on using your gas stove for baking, you might want to unplug your stove and try to light the pilot. Some stoves that use a ugh, piazo? to light the burner, won't work without electricity.

A good lamp will put off a lot of heat. LOTS of heat. Have to be careful about fire, but it offers much heat and comfort.

Good luck. Stay safe and warm.
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Very good point. That was something I always liked about my gas stove is that it works when the power is out. It tends to take the edge off of worrying about not having power when you know you still have the capacity to cook food.
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Can you afford a MR. Heater? It runs on a propane tank and can be used indoors?
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^^THIS
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Very good point. That was something I always liked about my gas stove is that it works when the power is out. It tends to take the edge off of worrying about not having power when you know you still have the capacity to cook food.
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For sure. Me too!
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DON'T smoke cigarettes, as the nicotine shuts DOWN the outer body parts and makes you feel COLD !
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Re: Need tips re: what to do if we lose power during Nor’easter
Hot water bottles, camp stove, and sleeping bag = long night sleep. Just fill empty coke bottles. Use smaller ones in your jacket if need be.
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Re: Need tips re: what to do if we lose power during Nor’easter
When layering clothing or bedding, you need to create dead air space between layers, like a squirrel or bird nest.

You can stuff crumpled newspapers inside your clothing. Yeah, you'll look like a dork but you will be warm and survive.

With bedding, stuff clothes, towels or other blankets in between layers of blankets and around yourself. Build a nest like the birds and squirrels! This is the real survival secret for cold weather.
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If your oven works, you could heat a cast iron pan or brick, wrap it in a towel and tuck it under the blankets like in olden times. peace
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Re: Need tips re: what to do if we lose power during Nor’easter
Great ideas guys! Thank you so much! Layering seems to be the theme.

I'll check out the Mr. Heater option...thanks! Although it may be problematic getting propane around here.
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I’m from the south and now that I’m living in NYC, don’t have any experience with this impending scenario. I have plenty of basic preps food, batteries, etc. on hand. But would like some tips/advise on how to prepare and especially what to do to stay warm if we lose power.

Have a new 1500 watt inverter and just bought a deep cycle marine battery. Also bought a throw size electric blanket that uses 180 watts. Was thinking of using the inverter for the electric blanket to stay warm. I think that might give me 18 hours of warmth, but I’m not sure about that. Will also try to keep my iphone and laptop juiced up with the inverter if possible.

Have a gas stove and oven, so maybe I could bake bread or pizza to warm up the apt. if it got too cold. Only other thing I could think of was drinking lots of warm tea or coffee to stay warm.

Any thoughts, tips , suggestions? Many thanks.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 27010404


Wear more than one set of clothes. Do you have space blankets? Of you don't try to get some, sleeping bags are good to stay warm in. It will also save on the inverter power source. Having gas sure is a help, do you have water put back? Food quick to warm up is easy, soup is filling and gives a warm feeling. Hot chocolate is nice. Make sure you have a lamp and lamp oil, or long lasting candles, that are in a safe container.
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Re: Need tips re: what to do if we lose power during Nor’easter
I’m from the south and now that I’m living in NYC, don’t have any experience with this impending scenario. I have plenty of basic preps food, batteries, etc. on hand. But would like some tips/advise on how to prepare and especially what to do to stay warm if we lose power.

Have a new 1500 watt inverter and just bought a deep cycle marine battery. Also bought a throw size electric blanket that uses 180 watts. Was thinking of using the inverter for the electric blanket to stay warm. I think that might give me 18 hours of warmth, but I’m not sure about that. Will also try to keep my iphone and laptop juiced up with the inverter if possible.

Have a gas stove and oven, so maybe I could bake bread or pizza to warm up the apt. if it got too cold. Only other thing I could think of was drinking lots of warm tea or coffee to stay warm.

Any thoughts, tips , suggestions? Many thanks.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 27010404


Wear more than one set of clothes. Do you have space blankets? Of you don't try to get some, sleeping bags are good to stay warm in. It will also save on the inverter power source. Having gas sure is a help, do you have water put back? Food quick to warm up is easy, soup is filling and gives a warm feeling. Hot chocolate is nice. Make sure you have a lamp and lamp oil, or long lasting candles, that are in a safe container.
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Haven't you been through any show storm in the south, I sure have.
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OMG...thank you so much! You guys are wonderful...bet this info will help a lot of people!

Gonna go dig out a hot water bottle...

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Re: Need tips re: what to do if we lose power during Nor’easter
i had a wood stove when i lived up north..with a solar backup for the fan.
but yeah, in the city i doubt that would be legal.

like others said.. wool & layers are a must for that climate.
hat, socks & boots..get the best you can afford.

i always kept a bunch of sterno type stoves & a few cases of chemical hand warmers, they work good on feet too.

know how to create fire and keep multiple options on hand.

cold is unforgiving, fall asleep at the wrong time/place & its over
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Know your neighbours!
You can stretch your resources out alot by pairing up with other families that are prepared.
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Re: Need tips re: what to do if we lose power during Nor’easter
I’m from the south and now that I’m living in NYC, don’t have any experience with this impending scenario. I have plenty of basic preps food, batteries, etc. on hand. But would like some tips/advise on how to prepare and especially what to do to stay warm if we lose power.

Have a new 1500 watt inverter and just bought a deep cycle marine battery. Also bought a throw size electric blanket that uses 180 watts. Was thinking of using the inverter for the electric blanket to stay warm. I think that might give me 18 hours of warmth, but I’m not sure about that. Will also try to keep my iphone and laptop juiced up with the inverter if possible.

Have a gas stove and oven, so maybe I could bake bread or pizza to warm up the apt. if it got too cold. Only other thing I could think of was drinking lots of warm tea or coffee to stay warm.

Any thoughts, tips , suggestions? Many thanks.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 27010404


Wear more than one set of clothes. Do you have space blankets? Of you don't try to get some, sleeping bags are good to stay warm in. It will also save on the inverter power source. Having gas sure is a help, do you have water put back? Food quick to warm up is easy, soup is filling and gives a warm feeling. Hot chocolate is nice. Make sure you have a lamp and lamp oil, or long lasting candles, that are in a safe container.
 Quoting: Daughter


Haven't you been through any show storm in the south, I sure have..
 Quoting: Daughter



Nope..no, snow storms in the Florida Keys...can't get much further south then that..

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