Let’s use this as a learning experience:
Food & Water
For most people, the most difficult aspect of living without power was the lack of running water. Folks were melting snow in buckets in order to flush their toilets. Bottled water goes quickly. Remember that you can only live 3 days without water. Even if you live in an apartment, you can buy a bath tub ‘container’ for storing emergency drinking water for $35
"I'm on public water, which is all gravity fed, so I dont have to worry."
Wrong! Our water system holds around 700,000 gallons, which is enough to last our town roughly 1 week. After that we would either need to power up the well pumps that fill the tank or open the valve behind the bowling alley so that buck hills water system feeds Mountainhome.
Keep 10 or 20 gallons of fuel at home at all times!
If you buy 5-gallon gas containers, then you can rotate the gas into your vehicle, lawn mower, and / or generator. Remember that fuel goes bad after storing it for long periods of time, so look into “STA-BIL” fuel stabilizer if you plan on storing. It’s also a good idea to store 93-octane because it will last longer than regular 89-octane.
A small solar panel, charger, and a deep cell battery probably can’t power your house refrigerator. You have a better shot at powering a 12 volt appliance:
- 12V Cooler - 40 Quart
- FM-951GW - Whynter 95 Quart Portable Wheeled Refrigerator / Freezer with Door Alert and 12v Option - Gray
Buy a bigger propane tank than you need.
If your house is powered by an automatic propane-powered whole-house-generator, you may have learned the hard way how fast these generators guzzle propane. (Think in terms of gallons per hour!) With that said, it’s easy to see how owning a 500 or 1000-gallon propane tank would be great during such emergencies.
I recently posted an article, “How to avoid paying too much money for propane.”