Monday, January 31, 2011

Preparations for an Ice Storm

Several years ago, we lost electricity for five days in January. Our house is better prepared now. We have storage jugs and tanks with water. Human and critter food supplies aren't allowed to run low. We have the emergancy stash of flashlights, batterieis, candles, matches and corded telephone. We have firewood in the shed. But when an ice storm is predicted, we also fill extra buckets and the bathtub with water -- for the well pump needs electricity to work. We bring in extra loads of firewood. We take the dogs for longer walks in hopes they won't get too squirrelly if their exercise is limited for a few days. We watch the electricity flicker and wonder if it will go out for minutes, hours or days.

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