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Justin Case
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So let's say it's sub zero temperature and suddenly your power goes out! And possibly it's out for days or longer!
And for worst case scenerio lets add:
you got no tap water (because the pumps dont work),
no household LPG (because the pumps dont work),
Shops close as the tills don't work,
A curfew is introduced to reduce theft

What can Average Joe do to prepare for this on a budget?

The obvious is:
water storage and purification,
food storage,
Blankets,
A woodburning stove,
hunting gear,
solar panel and battery,
toilet paper (never under-estimate)
wind up radio/torch

Please contribute useful tips only as it just might be relevant!!!
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12/18/2017 06:40 PM
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Fidget spinner
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Fidget spinner
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Lol how is this useful?
We need info that could save lives...
Justin Case (OP)
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12/18/2017 06:50 PM
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Ok I've edited the last line on the 1st post it now reads:
Please contribute useful tips only as it "will" be relevant!!!
USA take note especially
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12/18/2017 06:52 PM
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REPORT: Feds Preparing For Widespread Power Outages Across USA...
Thread: REPORT: Feds Preparing For Widespread Power Outages Across USA...
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So let's say it's sub zero temperature and suddenly your power goes out! And possibly it's out for days or longer!
And for worst case scenerio lets add:
you got no tap water (because the pumps dont work),
no household LPG (because the pumps dont work),
Shops close as the tills don't work,
A curfew is introduced to reduce theft

What can Average Joe do to prepare for this on a budget?

The obvious is:
water storage and purification,
food storage,
Blankets,
A woodburning stove,
hunting gear,
solar panel and battery,
toilet paper (never under-estimate)
wind up radio/torch

Please contribute useful tips only as it just might be relevant!!!
 Quoting: Justin Case 71919690


Lots of bullets and gasoline. Also make for good bartering
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Re: Power Outage Prep 101
So let's say it's sub zero temperature and suddenly your power goes out! And possibly it's out for days or longer!
And for worst case scenerio lets add:
you got no tap water (because the pumps dont work),
no household LPG (because the pumps dont work),
Shops close as the tills don't work,
A curfew is introduced to reduce theft

What can Average Joe do to prepare for this on a budget?

The obvious is:
water storage and purification,
food storage,
Blankets,
A woodburning stove,
hunting gear,
solar panel and battery,
toilet paper (never under-estimate)
wind up radio/torch

Please contribute useful tips only as it just might be relevant!!!
 Quoting: Justin Case 71919690


Lots of bullets and gasoline. Also make for good bartering
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Yep! plus tobacco and whiskey :)
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12/18/2017 07:08 PM
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State-wide power outage in Arizona?
Thread: State-wide power outage in Arizona?

Just type in power outage into GLP search!
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12/18/2017 07:10 PM

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Re: Power Outage Prep 101
Light candle open wine get drunk

handled
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12/18/2017 07:11 PM
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Light candle open wine get drunk

handled
 Quoting: jake


Well you've covered a few hours then what?
jake

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Light candle open wine get drunk

handled
 Quoting: jake


Well you've covered a few hours then what?
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Open another bottle of wine light another candle

get even drunker..


Been thru 7 hurricanes... losing power is no biggy.
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12/18/2017 07:18 PM

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This happens often in parts of Canada. My folks had power out for 12 days.. which caused them to not have any running water as their well pump didn't work. They did use their wood burning stove, which was a good thing considering you want to prevent pipes from freezing. They used their BBQ to cook. They had extra water stored and a few solar panels that they used to keep their phones and lap top charged.

They now have a propane generator in case it happens again this year. They also have a French Press, as they hate instant coffee and didn't like being stuck with it the last winter storm. Lots of paper plates and tin foil, as you don't want to be dealing with having to heat up water to wash dishes.
CrazyMama73
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Light candle open wine get drunk

handled
 Quoting: jake


Well you've covered a few hours then what?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 74327592


Open another bottle of wine light another candle

get even drunker..


Been thru 7 hurricanes... losing power is no biggy.
 Quoting: jake


Lol ok :)
And losing power is no biggy as long as it comes back!
So for the official list:
1 bottle of wine and a candle (per day)
Thing is if you had no power for 6 months you would need to store 183 bottles of wine!!!! And maybe a bit of food
CrazyMama73

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Light candle open wine get drunk

handled
 Quoting: jake


Well you've covered a few hours then what?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 74327592


Open another bottle of wine light another candle

get even drunker..


Been thru 7 hurricanes... losing power is no biggy.
 Quoting: jake



Losing power when it is -30 Degrees Celsius is a biggy. Unfortunately it is common where we live, but when it happens the first time, you learn quick.
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I don't see liquor on your list... that's a major oversight.

Have you ever even had the power go out???

1dunno1
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This happens often in parts of Canada. My folks had power out for 12 days.. which caused them to not have any running water as their well pump didn't work. They did use their wood burning stove, which was a good thing considering you want to prevent pipes from freezing. They used their BBQ to cook. They had extra water stored and a few solar panels that they used to keep their phones and lap top charged.

They now have a propane generator in case it happens again this year. They also have a French Press, as they hate instant coffee and didn't like being stuck with it the last winter storm. Lots of paper plates and tin foil, as you don't want to be dealing with having to heat up water to wash dishes.
 Quoting: CrazyMama73


Thanks, good info!
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12/18/2017 07:23 PM
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Socks. Lots and lots of dry socks. Trust me.
CrazyMama73

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So let's say it's sub zero temperature and suddenly your power goes out! And possibly it's out for days or longer!
And for worst case scenerio lets add:
you got no tap water (because the pumps dont work),
no household LPG (because the pumps dont work),
Shops close as the tills don't work,
A curfew is introduced to reduce theft

What can Average Joe do to prepare for this on a budget?

The obvious is:
water storage and purification,
food storage,
Blankets,
A woodburning stove,
hunting gear,
solar panel and battery,
toilet paper (never under-estimate)
wind up radio/torch

Please contribute useful tips only as it just might be relevant!!!
 Quoting: Justin Case 71919690




Some things that help when power is out and it is below 0.. Hotshot foot and hand warmers, dry shampoo, big tubs of Cristco can be used as a long lasting candle as well as for cooking. Having a portable loo and kitty litter is handy. When power is out and water is no longer running, you need some where to go.. Lots of paper plates and tin foil. Have a shit load more wood for burning, as you will go through lots trying to keep your home warm enough to not let your pipes burst... Camp stove to make quick cups of coffee/soup ect. Lots of candles and flashlights.. Using solar lights from outside work great for indoor lighting..
CrazyMama73
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I don't see liquor on your list... that's a major oversight.

Have you ever even had the power go out???

1dunno1
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Well the list is purely about survival!
So I've officially added liqour to the list :)
And yes but I live off-grid on a boat!
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Light candle open wine get drunk

handled
 Quoting: jake


Well you've covered a few hours then what?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 74327592


Open another bottle of wine light another candle

get even drunker..


Been thru 7 hurricanes... losing power is no biggy.
 Quoting: jake


Lol ok :)
And losing power is no biggy as long as it comes back!
So for the official list:
1 bottle of wine and a candle (per day)
Thing is if you had no power for 6 months you would need to store 183 bottles of wine!!!! And maybe a bit of food
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 74327592


who needs food when you have 20 cases of wine

in the garage
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Light candle open wine get drunk

handled
 Quoting: jake


Well you've covered a few hours then what?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 74327592


Open another bottle of wine light another candle

get even drunker..


Been thru 7 hurricanes... losing power is no biggy.
 Quoting: jake



Losing power when it is -30 Degrees Celsius is a biggy. Unfortunately it is common where we live, but when it happens the first time, you learn quick.
 Quoting: CrazyMama73


agreed! so what did you learn?
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12/18/2017 07:27 PM
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So let's say it's sub zero temperature and suddenly your power goes out! And possibly it's out for days or longer!
And for worst case scenerio lets add:
you got no tap water (because the pumps dont work),
no household LPG (because the pumps dont work),
Shops close as the tills don't work,
A curfew is introduced to reduce theft

What can Average Joe do to prepare for this on a budget?

The obvious is:
water storage and purification,
food storage,
Blankets,
A woodburning stove,
hunting gear,
solar panel and battery,
toilet paper (never under-estimate)
wind up radio/torch

Please contribute useful tips only as it just might be relevant!!!
 Quoting: Justin Case 71919690




Some things that help when power is out and it is below 0.. Hotshot foot and hand warmers, dry shampoo, big tubs of Cristco can be used as a long lasting candle as well as for cooking. Having a portable loo and kitty litter is handy. When power is out and water is no longer running, you need some where to go.. Lots of paper plates and tin foil. Have a shit load more wood for burning, as you will go through lots trying to keep your home warm enough to not let your pipes burst... Camp stove to make quick cups of coffee/soup ect. Lots of candles and flashlights.. Using solar lights from outside work great for indoor lighting..
 Quoting: CrazyMama73


Good info thanks! :)
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Mylar emergency blanket material, large roll big enough to make an indoor tent and a sleeping bag.

flash lights, solar lights, candles, deck of cards, books, paper plates bowels towels etc, emergency cook stove with alt fuels, little jet stoves. I have cooked over candles many times, practice a bit so you are ready.

Wool blankets and socks, and warm clothing.

You will need to keep your water in your warmest space to keep it from freezing.

Potty 5 gal bucket
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Mylar emergency blanket material, large roll big enough to make an indoor tent and a sleeping bag.

flash lights, solar lights, candles, deck of cards, books, paper plates bowels towels etc, emergency cook stove with alt fuels, little jet stoves. I have cooked over candles many times, practice a bit so you are ready.

Wool blankets and socks, and warm clothing.

You will need to keep your water in your warmest space to keep it from freezing.

Potty 5 gal bucket
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 75944139


hey thanks :)
Add ALL of this to the list!
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Drinking in an emergency situation will get you and others killed. Stupid thing to do.
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Drinking in an emergency situation will get you and others killed. Stupid thing to do.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 75944139


This thread is about survival and alcohol has it's place!
Apart from drinking it you can burn it and it's a disinfectant!
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PIN/STAR THIS!
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Candles and card games, chess and stuff for the kiddos as well.

And don’t forget the java
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When I would be way too cold I would hold a short candle under the covers in a coffee can with vents cut in and a rack on top to prevent the covers from falling in and burning. You do not want to sleep with it. I would also heat empty heavy pans over the candles and put on my cold feet and hands. I would also heat water for hot water bottles. \

Add hot water bottles to emergency list.
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Heat large rocks next to a fire and stick them in your bed to stay warm all night. ALWAYS keep a fire burning.
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If you must cook dry goods like beans, rice and pasta, crush them as small as possible and soak them as long as possible to reduce cooking time.





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